Election of fear and negative campaigning

Labour and Conservative offensive shielded leaders from public

The right to worktops: an election issue

‘Sometimes you need that degree of detachment to be able to focus on the big picture’

Charlie Hebdo and freedom’s dubious defence

Writers offer a masterclass in how to stay cred while resiling from a cause they purport to defend

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This is no time for the Tories to panic

National campaigns can be tweaked, but they have little impact on the election result

Cashing in on the outrage economy

‘As the dog returns to its own vomit, the news sites return to the professional outragers’

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Flash crash strategists spoof UK voters

Regulators are now not even sure that Britain’s general election took place

Dear millennials: a few interview tips . . . 

‘The basics of interview technique have not changed that much. No one ever suffered for knowing too much about their would-be employer’

Politics: an outsider’s game

‘The great advantage of posing as an outsider is that it allows candidates to pander to the voters’ contempt for existing politicians’

Beware juicy family feuds that go nuclear

How much will Ed Miliband’s fratricide damage his election campaign?

May 7: Groundhog Day

Can’t face the election campaign? Here’s what’s going to happen

The rise and fall of standing up

‘Giving up your seat comes with the small compensation that you are allowed to feel a little virtuous’

The beans that count

‘Coffee snobbery is a pastime all can play, but it requires commitment’

Accommodating China, disappointing US

Obama is displeased with Cameron over the AIIB

The good, the bad and the hopelessly outdated

‘The children have not watched “The Magnificent Seven” and do not care who shot Liberty Valance. Cowboys just don’t cut it any more’

@Muffinman and other timely rhymes

The digital generation needs new lyrics for the tech era

The parents’ evening trap

‘We are irritated at the failings exposed, swear to crack down on his computer habit, demand to see more of his homework and then fail to deliver on this tough love’

Google #TheDress and a bigger truth

The ‘wisdom of crowds’ rankings could mean sites dealing in rumour fall below more credible sources

A tale of two political spankings

Bennett’s human side arouses sympathy but Straw and Rifkind demonstrate less endearing ways

Men and ‘Fifty Shades’: a grey area

‘Some may feel they are facing karmic revenge, experiencing how women feel as their partners drag them to see “Basic Instinct” or “9½ Weeks”’

Excuse me, while I misremember my career

Already undisputed alpha males just can’t help pointlessly wishing to be that little bit more alpha


Robert Shrimsley Robert Shrimsley is the Managing Editor of FT.com. Before this he has served as the FT’s chief political correspondent and news editor.

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