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Britain’s next chapter

Gaby Hinsliff‘s article (“Why all sides are losing,” March) rightly anticipates a lengthy period in which all our grievances work their way through our collective system, as we reckon with Brexit or some alternative.

It would be a shame if we made parliamentary democracy and the stable institutions underpinning it the targets of our grief. Like all institutions, the UK’s are in need of continual adjustment and reform. But they could provide the structure for us to hold together and keep the peace, even as we process our feelings and work out what to do next.

Good institutions can be custodians of deep values such as justice and the common good, and relieve the individual of the notion that theirs alone is the burden of making the right thing happen.

Claire Foster-Gilbert, Director, Westminster Abbey Institute

Brexit imposters

Troubled by the zealotry of hardline Brexiteers, Tories like me are unlikely to disagree with Dominic Grieve (“The Conservative Party has a problem—it’s no longer conservative,” March). But the former attorney general stops short of suggesting where this takes us as party members. “I have nowhere else to go,” is his perplexed answer.

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In Prospect’s April issue: Mark Damazer, the former controller of BBC Radio 4, tells the inside story of how the BBC has tried—and sometimes failed—to cover the political crisis that overshadows everything else. Elsewhere in the issue: Playwright and screenwriter James Graham profiles John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, as he takes centre-stage in the unfolding Brexit drama and Tom Clark examines the Independent Group and argues that they could well shake up the established political tribes. Also, Jennifer Williams highlights the growing gap between the haves and have-nots in Manchester—a city that is simultaneously experiencing a housing boom and a homelessness crisis.