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

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A buffer’s guide to shining shoes

Learn the art of the perfect polish with a cleaning masterclass

Cameron has polish but no panache

The suspicion about the prime minister is that he is not a man you set your watch by

Carswell’s defection is a pivotal moment

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

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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

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

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

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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