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Prisoner of the right

Theresa May now leads “The Conservative and Ukip Party”

All opinion pieces boil down to two headlines: “it’s the end of the world as we know it” and “don’t get carried away.” The tabloids incite hysteria, indeed their business models would collapse if they did not. In their rare moments of sobriety, the sober pundits of the serious press sigh, and tell us not to worry because continuity always trumps change.

One might think, after 12 months when history has more than lived up to its billing of “one damn thing after another,” the time for sobriety has long passed. Yet behind discussions of Theresa May’s coming victory there lies a complacent thought that she has no real agenda for change. According to this reading, May is asking for a blank cheque at this election but has no idea what she would like to write on it.

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In Prospect’s June issue: Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Martha Gill and Helen Pidd examine the election chances of the three main political parties. Wheatcroft explores the Tories’ remarkable ability to rise from the ashes and assert dominance, Gill questions why the Lib Dem revival isn’t quite getting off the ground and Pidd examines Labour’s prospects after poor performances in the recent council and mayoral elections. Also in this issue: Christine Ockrent asks if France’s new President Emmanuel Macron can charm the parts of France that didn’t initially vote for him, AC Grayling assesses whether the rise and rise of drone warfare warrants a new ethical code for conflict and Francine Stock explores whether Pixar can continue to captivate modern audiences.
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