Cost-of-living masks Labour ideas crisis

The wisest thing the UK opposition could do is outline the spending cuts it would make in power

Britain’s loudmouth literary crowd

A few blunt words are unlikely to hurt anyone who has spent years at the sharp end in the City

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Politically, Scotland has already left

In many ways the country is so unlike England as to resemble a separate state

Eurosceptic weak spot is vagueness

The Outers are touting three definitions of exit – two too many for anyone craving certainty

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Technocrat out to break the NHS taboo

Simon Stevens was chosen because he has the desire and the ability to take on a tough patient

Voters are about to wake up

The fortunes of the UK political parties appear predictable over the coming year

Cameron’s coalition is a radical bazaar

The government has acted more radically than even a single-party Tory administration could

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A Puritan pursuit of squeezed savers

Almost every announcement of note was a pitch for voters who earn a wage and save some of it

Wolf at the door is the Tories’ best ally

The cause of deficit-reduction keeps the coalition together and makes Labour look feckless

Miliband at last shows leadership

The Labour leader’s EU referendum intervention blends statecraft with self-interest

London more than a playground for rich

The City has always been open to the point of nihilism, hosting scoundrels from all walks of life

Resentment of migrants is about feelings

Most Tories feign sympathy for British workers but truly long for a less diverse society

We misjudge Merkel’s vim for EU reform

The real error is to overrate her capacity to deliver change, even if she wanted it

Big Data will keep us in rude health

Privacy fears that centre on the health service database are overblown

Storms reveal government impotence

We have come to see the state as omnipotent in the face of any problem

Labour is confirming critics’ suspicions

The party’s 50p tax plan may poll well but when employers call it a job-killer, voters will listen

The death and life of Britain’s economy

A convalescing country is rediscovering its strengths

Miliband shuns public sector reform

The Labour leader’s case for competition just happens to stop at the boundaries of the state

Cameron’s referendum gamble has failed

Eurosceptics keep winning concessions they said were ‘final’ before demanding more

Young should blame bad luck not policy

Baby boomers enjoyed almost miraculously benign circumstances that will not be repeated


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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