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 former UK chancellor.
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The question is not what this government stands for but whether it is any good
Money spent on restaurants, travel and carousing can leave you with the most inflation-proof of assets: memories
A well-led and united EU leadership will make life harder for Britain as it leaves
One of the stories of my lifetime has been the de-glamorisation of traditional careers to the advantage of looser, vaguer lines of work
For the rest of the world, the UK election is a non-event
Now 20 years old, the satire foreshadowed the counter-elite mood of today
Will recent leaks from last week’s Brexit dinner affect the negotiations?
The public is to blame for the debasement of political communication into slogans
The image of Britain peddled by period drama is not only infantilising, it’s untrue
For liberals the way back to power can happen in a flash with a class act
Some people are unemotional as a coping tactic. Some people are just unemotional
Hopes of a reversal or dilution of last year’s referendum are definitively dashed
To see the government as the sum of outside pressures is to patronise and exonerate
The trouble is that bad behaviour is found so often in the vicinity of outstanding achievement
What should strike observers is the relative absence of imperial neurosis
The thirties favour the urban. Big cities are too expensive for the young, too ferocious for the old
Liberals may wince, but 2016 exposed a large, unmet demand for paternalist government
Which other European city allows itself to be remade by outsiders? Or is so free from unwritten codes of belonging?
Enemies of capitalism and the US are now seeing the virtue of the liberal order
Owning harrowing books has become like possession of Joy Division albums, a claim to sophistication
At each stage they spin the new bottom-line as something they half-expected all along
London has everything you’d expect from a changing city, apart from a cultural class at ease with change
Scotland’s first minister is better placed to win an independence vote than her predecessor
The guardians of the New Prurience tend to be young and avowedly progressive