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Some have argued that the political centre ground is moribund – overwhelmed by populist and extremist parties that have swept all before them. This session…

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In democratic government, the general rule is supposed to be simple: advisers advise, ministers decide, civil servants do. In the UK system, that emerged fully…

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Coronavirus looks set to interrupt most plans in the UK this spring, including one of the most unusual, the national festival holiday that was expected…

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It was probably inevitable, though not in its rapidity and perhaps not quite for the reasons anyone expected. Once assumed to be the next CDU…

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A country deeply divided, by geography, class, wealth and opportunity. A country looking for an identity in a new, unstable century. A country feeling insufficiently…

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Last week was a fascinating glimpse into the limited imagination of our political duopoly. I use the term ‘duopoly’ but, it’s more like an ersatz…

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For tribal politicians the primacy of one’s party is an article of faith.    For thinking Liberal Democrats, however, the three general elections of the second…

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During the 2015 UK election campaign, I remember a clip of a politician being asked by potential voters what she was going to do about…

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I have been reading an amazing novel, Middle England by Jonathan Coe, which is an attempt to capture a nation at this peculiar point in…

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The politically correct, like the poor, have always been with us. Take Noel Coward, for example, who was virtually drummed out of the country for…

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