Number 10 is reduced to stately weakness

Slender majorities and coalitions translate into stronger MPs and enfeebled prime ministers

A creed that gnaws at the Tory vote

Demographic trends are remaking the country in London’s image

Darling wins debate but consolation may be Salmond’s

Something of essence of each campaign came through in TV debate

Small-scale vision is right for Britain

The country does have a role in the world: as a nexus for global flows of capital and people

PERTH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 21: Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party gives his speech to the Scottish Labour conference on March 21, 2014 in Perth, Scotland. Mr Miliband told party members that a yes vote in the independence referendum and a Conservative win in the next general election, would force Scotland and the rest of the UK to compete on cutting taxes and wages to compete globally. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Miliband’s talk of big ideas makes for risky politics

The Labour leader is happy to be seen as radical – he should not be

The Blair legacy is electoral domination

The former PM was good in the same way as Macmillan, governing with the grain of history

William Hague: A qualified success

Cameron and Osborne needed Hague’s wisdom and it has not failed them

Reshuffle is more symbol than substance

Overhaul will not reveal much about the intellectual direction of the Conservative party

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Service should be less superior, more civil

The purpose of Whitehall is to serve our politicians’ needs, not subvert them

Labour greets sharp cuts with dull protest

The prolonged pain of austerity has elicited little more than feeble whimpering from the left

Juncker has not swayed Britain’s fate

In Europe, exasperation vies with recognition that the UK must be compensated for its defeat

Being childless

Why are we so intolerant of those who choose not to be parents? A childfree life is as good as any other – and often better

A verbal assault that will hurt inside Downing Street

The criticisms will wound because others have also advanced them over the years

Cheer Britain’s defining liberal values

The question arises of how the state goes about instructing people in matters of allegiance

Junckernaut caught up in a London snarl

Britain’s effort to block the candidacy is not without encouragement from other capitals

More to politics than base Tory plots

Ulterior motives have little to do with the feud within the Cameron government

Cameron’s quiet achievement is undermined

The unseemly spat between cabinet ministers reflects badly on all concerned

Ukip has exposed Tory tensions

There is no electoral prize for consistency but the party is testing the outer limits

Cameron’s test will be to hold his nerve

A flighty politician would buy the hype about the advent of ‘four-party politics’

Politics celebrates all that is small

Today we demand politicians who are reassuringly unremarkable


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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