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Digital Subscriptions > Prospect Magazine > AugSep 2019 > The new PM will depend on Whitehall for survival—whether he knows it yet or not

The new PM will depend on Whitehall for survival—whether he knows it yet or not

Britain’s new prime minister will be clapped into No 10 by the staff only hours after they have clapped out Theresa May. The ritual can be emotional. As a centre of government, 10 Downing Street is small and everyone knows everyone else from the highest to the lowest. There is a family atmosphere, for it is a home as well as a political nerve centre, with the PM living in a flat upstairs and Larry the cat curled up in the window of the front hall. There is fellow feeling for a premier who leaves in difficult circumstances— sometimes tears.

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Prospect's August/September double issue: We salute the world's top 50 scientists, philosophers and writers that are shaping our times and ask readers to vote for who they think should be crowned the world's top thinker 2019. Elsewhere in the issue: Tory activist Tim Montgomerie asks what lies ahead for the Conservative Party and gives a manifesto for the new PM who should focus on key policy areas such as housing and immigration as well as Brexit. Prospect's Steve Bloomfield speaks to Tony Blair 20 years after he laid our five tests for going to war and finds that the former prime minister has is having second thoughts about whether he was right. China expert Isabel Hilton charts the meteoric rise of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and asks whether they are really as bad as the west makes out. Also: An extract from the first novel by Prospect's managing editor Sameer Rahim, Alberto Manguel's thoughts on how his favourite children's characters burst into life and more writing about fiction throughout the Arts and Books section.