Britons have little cause for miserabilism

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

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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

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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

Illustration by Nick Lowndes of a key and lock
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The unofficial capital of globalisation

Nowhere else has pushed openness to such extremes

Miliband and the English question

Party leader should avoid giving Labour a reputation as the self-described second party of England

The union lives, but it may as well be dead

The UK may have survived but the outcome is confusing

A united kingdom requires more than gifted amateurism

Irreversible promises to do with governing are being thrown around as campaign bait by desperate men

A bad campaign is not the real unionist problem

The adhesives of empire, existential threats, Protestantism, armed forces have gone or are fading

A buffer’s guide to shining shoes

A tutorial in shoe maintenance launched by John Lobb, the Jermyn Street bootmaker, is an escape into the tactile

Cameron has polish but no panache

The PM has turned suspicion of ideology into an ideology

Carswell’s defection is a pivotal moment

The UK eurosceptics are true believers, and nothing is ever enough for them

Cynicism is no match for the Isis threat

Our safety is compromised by a squeamishness about a security state at home

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


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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