If this is perfidy, it works for Albion

Nothing has brought out the UK’s talent for half measures like the European project

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New Victorian visions will test Tory soul

To rebuild Britain the government will need to defy its own instincts and build coalitions

Conservative Party conference in Manchester. British Prime minister David Cameron listens as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered his keynote speech this morning.
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A radical who has stumbled upon a cause

Running a state according to a system of thought is neither human nor humane

Corbyn has risen because stakes are low

Country with leisure to take umbrage at scripted interviews and bloodless technocracy is doing fine

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Our institutions have let us all down

The historic child abuse investigation has ruined lives and debased our legal system

Corbyn is a variable in the Brexit debate

It is hard to prove that a particular course would benefit a plurality of voters more than stasis

Cameron’s chance for posterity and power

Tories can hold the middle ground Labour has evacuated or they can move some way to the right

Andy Burnham has failed to show he has any independent identity, which does not tally with today's population

Community a foreign language in Britain

The UK’s atomisation should show up in public life but politicians struggle to talk about the individual

Corbyn really is a disaster for Labour

The mere act of choosing the most extreme leader in its history might be impossible to live down

We are all sophists now — or should be

The most resilient skill in the modern world is argument

Marx was wrong — politics is Darwinian

Cameron’s resignation as prime minister will change UK politics more than anyone appreciates

How the left tired of liberal London life

Those fleeing the capital city say it changed; the truth is they did, too

The soft left is the real threat to Labour

They have turned the party into a zoo where any chancer can abuse long-serving MPs

Cameron’s Brexit strategy

Early EU vote will see off Cameron

If Britons choose to stay in the union the Reaper will still close in

How UK left fell out of love with Europe

People who hoped the EU would deliver them from Thatcher, now resent it as an instrument of her creed

Osborne’s failures are key to his success

The chancellor was shaped not by the material privilege of his youth but by political hardship

Osborne unbound delivers blow to state

Balancing the books is plainly no longer the sum of chancellor’s ambitions

Budget must end our perverse tax system

A country’s tax code is not just a mesh of rules and rates — it is a secular bible of moral signals

Expand Heathrow to show UK open for business

A third runway would prime London as the — not just a — global hub for passenger traffic


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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