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Little book, big story

An interest in passports is often a sign of a nationalist turn

Leo Benedictus is a journalist and novelist. He is the author of “The Afterparty” (Jonathan Cape)

For some, Brexit will only be realised when we see the new British passport—presumably with the notable absence of the words “European Union” at the top. But that might not be the only change. Backed by many Tory MPs, the Sun is campaigning for a return to the “old blue” cover that was replaced by the burgundy European version in 1988. The campaign got a boost at the Conservative conference, when the Brexit secretary, David Davis, let slip to reporters at a fringe event that “I liked my old blue passport.”

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In Prospect’s November issue: Sam Tanenhaus argues Donald Trump is a consequence of the American government ignoring the people—and they’ll have to deal with his impact whether he wins or loses the presidential election. Diane Roberts explores the rage eating America by looking at the people that government has failed. Switching the focus to the UK, David Marquand and a quartet of commentators assess Labour’s position—with varying conclusions. Also in this issue: Matthew Qvortrup looks at the relationship between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, two of Europe’s most important politicians whose lives have long been intertwined. Andy Burnham, Labour’s candidate for the mayor of Manchester, lays down the reasons why the northern powerhouse is so important and Prospect’s Arts and Books Editor Sameer Rahim reviews Zadie Smith’s latest novel.