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

Sorry from pro-euro camp would be welcome

For all the advantages to be eked out of an apology, the most pressing case for it is moral

No politician can shape London

The office of mayor is weak and our capital thrums to its own rhythms regardless

The chancellor who became an idealist

His younger self, with his eye for the electoral bottom line, would blanch at what he has become

Legacy of failure to predict Tory win

Ignore those overcorrecting for their past misjudgments, the next election is wide open

Shadow Health secretary, Andy Burnham, addresses deletes at the Labour party conference in Manchester this morning.
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Labour has nothing left to say on tax

Squeezing some remote sect called The Rich will deliver neither enough revenue nor solidarity

Jonathan McHugh illustration
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Shrewd Cameron conquers centre ground

Having defeated his opponents, the prime minister is bending them to his view of the world

Oh Vienna: observations from Eurovision

Glorious glitterfest, celebration of harmony — or soundtrack for a fading continent?

EU and Great Britain flag next to each other.
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Cold-blooded case for staying in Europe

If the In campaigners are traduced as bloodless accountants, they know they are on to a winner

Labour’s analysis paralysis

They must not seek to settle the big questions and then choose a leader but the other way around

Cameron must make sense of mandate

Britain does not feel like a country asking to be turned upside down by zealots

Cameron can savour campaign success

Austerity and popularity no longer seem so hard to reconcile

Vindication for Cameron and Crosby

There is no getting around it: the Tories have performed sensationally

Good riddance to a carnival of nonsense

The election campaign has shown up Britain with its studious avoidance of things like fiscal reality

England spells more trouble for the union

If the UK’s largest nation becomes exasperated with Scotland, then the game is up

Tories pay high price for low reputation

Increasingly voting Conservative is a transgressive act, like being a punk or emo

Too soon to put party back into politics

The campaign rhetoric is of post-austerity Britain — we are running the 2020 election in 2015

Westminster Wing’s transatlantic delusions

Britain is not America — it is time someone told our political class

Voters reject romance and rhetoric

Their grievance with the main UK parties is an excess of vision, not their lack of it

ABOUT JANAN

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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