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New faces, old priorities

Does Britain have a new government—or not?

Five months ago, Britain’s government got a facelift. Out went old Etonian David Cameron and showman George Osborne; in came sometime grammar-school girl Theresa May and “Spreadsheet Phil” Hammond. The rhetoric changed with the personnel, but in a rather baffling manner— “hard-working families” fell from fashion, and the “just about managing” or “JAMs” emerged as priority number one. You’d need a very good dictionary to distinguish those two phrases, but November’s Autumn Statement provided a first chance to establish whether we’ve got a new government in terms of decisions, rather than spin.

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In Prospect’s January issue: Adam Tooze and Francis Fukuyama examine the “American Century.” Tooze says that the 1917 opened the door to the future because the US seized the chance to lead, rather than for the Russian Revolution. Fukuyama says that the US has fallen from its perch, a change embodied by the election of Donald Trump. Anna Blundy puts Samuel Pepys on the couch and uses his diaries to psychoanalyse the Restoration’s chronicler. Also in this issue: Chris Bickerton examines the rise of populist parties across Europe, Peter Tatchell and Malcolm Rifkind debate whether the Uk should stop pretending Trump’s US can be its best friend, Philip Collins reviews a collection of Brexit books and DJ Taylor examines Alan Bennett’s diaries.
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