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Melvyn Bragg No more referendums

NEW THINKING FOR 2019

© JAMES SHAW/SHUTTERSTOCK, JAMES SHAW/SHUTTERSTOCK

Beware of holding another Brexit referendum. The first one damaged the country immensely, and a second could make matters even worse. Primarily the referendum diminished our respect for the constitution. It took centuries for this country to arrive at the electoral system it now has. Blood was spilled, vested interests challenged, ideals fought for. But every few years the electorate can dismiss those who govern us and there is room to think again. The Leave vote, on the other hand, has been presented as a sacred text. It was one vote at one time yet it carries the curse of absolutism.

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In Prospect’s January/February double issue: A host of writers and personalities explain what they think will be the most important thing we need to learn in the new year. From Justin Welby arguing for new emphasis on learning to forgive and Lord Neuberger on the importance of a free judiciary to Hannah Fry on AI and Cathy Newman on what happens next for #MeToo—Prospect has it all. Elsewhere in the issue: Fintan O’Toole looks at Brexit from an Irish perspective, Wendell Steavenson dishes the dirt on what really happens to the waste you want to recycle, Frank Close questions why—half a century after our last visit—we’ve not been back to the Moon. Also, Michael Blastland argues that we’re ignoring the upsides of having an alcoholic drink and Clive James explores the life of Philip Larkin.