Corbyn backers deserve no sympathy

Unrepentant supporters of the Labour leader at least know their own minds

Hammond, the shape-shifting survivor

There may be more to the chancellor than the ‘accountant’ disparaged by mandarins

Jonathan McHugh illustration on Brexit
©Jonathan McHugh

Redesigning Conservatism is no easy task

Brexit will consume most of the government’s energies

Theresa May visiting Hewland Engineering, William Hewland – Chairman (grey jacket) Stephen Deane – Managing Director

Expect Theresa May to favour social order

She is a mystery. Colleagues know as much about her as many Londoners might know about a neighbour

We were all Blairites in an innocent era

The former UK prime minister symbolises a second Jazz Age followed by crisis and war

SDP Launch Conference...Social Democratic Party (SDP) leaders, Roy Jenkins (1920-2003), David Owen, Shirley Williams and William Rodgers take part in a press conference to launch the SDP at the Connaught rooms in London on 26th March 1981. (Photo by United News/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Labour split will win dejected Remainers

Moderates should get British history right. In the end, the party’s breakaway group won, and won big

Johnson exit is pyrrhic victory for Remain

When the former mayor retreated so did the best chance of salvaging an open, liberal Britain

Let Leavers govern as best they can

The economy, the union and the promises made during the referendum campaign are theirs to safeguard

Estranged land faces divorce and remorse

Leavers are social conservatives led by liberal free-traders — one side is about to be disappointed

UK voters may soon come to miss Cameron

He must prepare to be remembered for presiding over the end of 43 years in the European project

A referendum that is naive and necessary

Why is Cameron ‘putting us through this’? Because the pressure was too much to contain an eruption

A hint that tribal loyalties may be shifting

How much longer will politicians swear fealty to a party system forged for an empire nation?

Strikers in Europe are in short supply

Notebook: A recent fixation on possession has seen the best players fashioned into midfielders

Leave Liberals are riding a statist tiger

You can see dazzling heterogeneity or many people lying to themselves and each other

Squeezed upper middle is no such thing

The educated rich tend to assert their averageness only when airing their material grievances

Tory infighting leaves UK voters cold

The referendum debate has made some MPs mutinous but the electorate simply does not care

Put tired James Bond out of his misery

Notebook: Why such overhyped kitsch should not speak for a culture as creative as ours

Brexiters’ insouciance is right of rich

The Leave campaigners’ droll routine is all the worse for their pose as underdog yeomen

Britons defer to fake self-deprecation

At worst, it is a code of belonging that freezes people out

Inequality is price of London’s success

Too many expect a return to the accessible city of the 1970s with no compromise of today’s pomp


Janan Ganesh Janan Ganesh is political columnist for the FT. He was previously political correspondent for The Economist for five years, and a researcher at the Policy Exchange think tank for two.

He appears regularly on TV and radio, including a weekly slot on BBC1's Sunday Politics. He is also the author of a biography of George Osborne, the UK chancellor.

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