Dictators, demagogues and the British referendum

Dictators, demagogues and the British referendum

With the possible exceptions of race, sex and Theresa May’s dancing, no subject has inspired more hysteria in British politics than the referendum. In 1945 Clement Attlee denounced it as “alien to all our traditions” and an “instrument of Nazism”. Harold Wilson, the prime minister who would hold Britain’s first national referendum in 1975, had…

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The great rescrambling of Britain’s parties

The great rescrambling of Britain’s parties

PEOPLE HAVE been talking about the collapse of the British party system for decades. Now it may actually be under way. The government has lost its authority. Parties are dissolving into factions. Factions are forming left-right alliances. Backbenchers are seizing the limelight while frontbenchers are hiding in the bushes. Get our daily newsletterUpgrade your inbox…

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Italy and France are at loggerheads

Italy and France are at loggerheads

CESARE BATTISTI (pictured, centre), a former left-wing terrorist arrested in Bolivia after 38 years on the run, was returned to his native Italy on January 14th. Waiting at the airport was Matteo Salvini, interior minister and leader of the hard right Northern League. Mr Battisti’s deportation, he said, was not an end but a beginning:…

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