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Rewriting the rules

Tom Clark

The chat in Westminster is all about crisis, yet the mood is strangely frivolous. As the final hours ticked down to the supposedly sacred date of Brexit it was postponed, not with a bang but a whimper. Things that had, only a matter of days ago, been held up as of fundamental and solemn importance were casually shoved out of mind. (Can you recall the gist of the attorney general’s supposedly fateful advice on the backstop? Don’t worry, nor can anyone else.) Boris Johnson, who had started the last week in March with the Biblical cry of “Let my people go” got wind that there was a vacancy for Pharaoh coming up, and had second thoughts about leading an exodus into the political desert.

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InProspect's May issue: Tom Clark explores how British politics has ended up in crisis and suggests that a proper constitution could have avoided the current chaos and may well be necessary now to avoid the same problems in the future. Elsewhere in the issue: Kevin Maguire profiles Labour deputy leader Tom Watson who says that “if needs must” he would join a government of national unity. Max Rashbrooke examines Jacinda Ardern’s government in New Zealand and the ways the country is being transformed, ultimately suggesting that it could be an example for Britain to follow. Also, Stefanie Marsh follows the work of a donor detective who is helping children conceived by anonymous sperm donation to find their biological parents and Francesca Wade shows how Virginia Woolf is inspiring a new generation of women writers.