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Partied out

You can sometimes get what you want—but if you do, expect trouble

In 2014, when he was asked whether he still stood by Ukip’s notoriously daft 2010 general election manifesto—every bit as crude and cavalier as the Trump platform—Nigel Farage said he was prepared to ditch pretty much all of it. No more insisting on uniforms for taxi drivers; no more legislating to ban schools from showing Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (really!) The world waits to see which promises President-Elect Trump will dump, but insofar as his friend Farage was concerned there turned out to be only two red lines: quitting the EU and bringing back grammar schools.

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In Prospect’s December issue: Sam Tanenhaus argues that Donald Trump was born to be a campaigning demagogue, but will he be too bored to rule? Ed Miliband and Michael Gove debate whether parliament should have a binding vote on the terms of Brexit and Christian Wolmar examines the driverless car delusion. Also in this issue: James Harkin examines the situation in Syria, focussing on Raqqa Ruth Dudley Edwards explores the battle in Ireland since the UK’s decision to leave the EU—will the border become a division? And Michael White looks at the life of Alan Johnson, the Labour MP and former postie.