Osborne’s signal of weakness

Britons will no longer believe the Tories when they say cuts are inevitable

Spending review is choreographed sham

Ministers and officials say they will get it right this time, as if such a thing is in their control

London sun Big Ben Houses of Parliament Westminster

Insecurity may change both state and rulers

It is easy to imagine voters turning to older politicians or to those who have known uniformed service

The global ambitions of ‘Little England’

Cameron is not disengaging from the world, he is engaging in a way that is not liked

Nobody listens to the civil libertarians

Converting Britons to liberalism is no less a fool’s errand than making them fervent Europeans

The UK's chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne
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Tories should tax the rich and the poor

Austerity has been less controversial than expected. It is the distribution that rankles

Tory divisions are the party’s strength

Managed well, dissent can convey vitality while draining Labour of a reason to exist

Why we must defend ‘Londonism’

The capital’s creed of openness to the world is its lifeblood and must be protected

If this is perfidy, it works for Albion

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

Jonathan McHugh illustration
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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

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

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

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


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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