UK election will be all about the economy

The Autumn Statement has widened the ideological choice between Tories and Labour

An illustration of George Osborne as Robin Hood
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Give up dogma of the unshrinkable state

This government has cut £35bn since 2010 without Britain regressing into a desolate pre-modernity

Labour is stuck in the political doghouse

It is possible to ridicule the Tories’ missed targets, and still favour them over the shabby alternative

Will the liberal Osborne please stand up

The UK’s political currents are for turning inwards – the resistance is in the chancellor’s hands

Cameron caves in to reality

Despite the PM’s spasm of common sense, he gives migration more attention than it deserves

Cameron needs to lift British politics

The PM should transcend the reactiveness of his premiership by giving Britain a long-term mission

Main parties to blame for Ukip agonies

Rochester election result highlights the culture wars dividing UK

Kate Duchêne and Paul Hilton in ‘The Cherry Orchard’ at the Young Vic
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The road from serfdom divides Britons

Chekhov’s theme of the social disruptiveness of liberalism also describes Britain today

Ukip leader Nigel Farage
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Tories’ futile hunt for anti-Ukip plan

Voters will decide Farage’s future independently of anything said by the mainstream parties

Jonathan McHugh illustration
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UK voters and the game of political chess

The return of growth cannot be relied on to pay electoral dividends

Labour’s disarray presages poll tension

The Bank of Miliband is flunking its stress test

Miliband puts impulse before strategy

Labour leader is authentically leftwing, and was only ever going to seek a leftwing path to power

Cameron should stand up to Brussels

This is not a dispute the prime minister has concocted. It would trouble anyone doing his job

Britons have little cause for miserabilism

The country is now richer, freer, more roundly envied. Yet all talk is of decline

Osborne’s wild bet on UK tax cuts

The Conservatives are standing as fiscal hawks yet promising giveaways

Populism distracts globalisation’s losers

Who is worse: the elitist who shrugs at people left behind or the huckster who offers false hope?

Clegg could yet be kingmaker in 2015

The deputy PM has changed the raison d’être of the Liberal Democrats from protest to power

The centre is once more up for grabs

Britain’s political arrangements as currently constituted cannot be long for this world

Cameron places a big bet on tax cuts

If the deficit is so serious, voters might wonder, why the generosity?

The next UK election carries a winner’s curse

Cameron’s duty is to run a country, not wet-nurse a few mewling intransigents in his party


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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