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Ruthless Tories

Rachel Sylvester is right in her assessment that Theresa May is a zombie Prime Minister who cannot survive long (“May plummets to victory,” July). But her analysis that “the dilemma she failed to resolve about the Conservative Party will haunt it for a long time” misses the point about how the Tories have traditionally handled internal conflict and division: namely with ruthless precision and efficiency.

Already the race is on to find a new leader, and, whether David Davis or Philip Hammond (or, heaven forbid, Jacob Rees-Mogg), once a successor is chosen the Tory ranks will rally around them with fierce unity. Just look at how they loyally flocked to May last July.

Meanwhile, Labour’s civil war will continue, from the attacks on moderates like Luciana Berger from rabid Momentum Corbynistas, to the splits over Europe that saw Corbyn sack members of his front bench. Unlike Labour, the Tories understand the pragmatism of either axing a leader swiftly and cleanly, or forming a united—if temporary—circle around them.

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In Prospect’s August issue: Adam Tooze, Helen Thompson, Ben Chu, Julian Baggini, Tom Clark and Hepzibah Anderson reveal the secret history of the banking crisis and its impact over the last decade. Tooze examines the secret history itself, suggesting the work done to repair the world’s finances could mean another crisis is just around the corner. Chu asks why more people at the top of the banks that failed haven’t faced more serious repercussions, and Anderson shows how post-crash Britain has retreated into cosiness. Elsewhere in the issue Alison Wolf asks whether universities are doing any good, and David Goldblatt explores how the decision to take football off free-to-view television in Argentina could backfire for the government. Also in this issue: Kasia Boddy asks why writers are still addicted to watching boxing despite falling viewing figures, Andrew Dickson profiles Tom Stoppard, Stephen Bush explains how Jeremy Corbyn learned to compromise and David Omand outlines the cyber-security challenges facing the UK and the wider world.