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Brexit was very scary before. It still is

He’s seen three PMs fall over Europe —and won’t say if he’ll soon see a fourth

Michael Heseltine meets Sam Macrory

“If you have a grounding based on Shakespeare, you never come across anything new,” is Michael Heseltine’s verdict on the shake-up of British politics triggered by the EU referendum. “Shakespeare knew it all, articulated it all, laughed at it all, exposed it all. Keep around in politics and the Shakespearean plot comes back and back…”

While the referendum brought the curtain down on the political careers of David Cameron and George Osborne, Heseltine is playing yet another part. I met the former deputy prime minister in his small corner office at the Department for Communities and Local Government, the base from which he advises the government on what he calls its “unstoppable” devolution agenda. Though 83, Heseltine, with his signature swept back hair now a little greyer, works with the energy of a man far younger.

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In Prospect’s November issue: Sam Tanenhaus argues Donald Trump is a consequence of the American government ignoring the people—and they’ll have to deal with his impact whether he wins or loses the presidential election. Diane Roberts explores the rage eating America by looking at the people that government has failed. Switching the focus to the UK, David Marquand and a quartet of commentators assess Labour’s position—with varying conclusions. Also in this issue: Matthew Qvortrup looks at the relationship between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, two of Europe’s most important politicians whose lives have long been intertwined. Andy Burnham, Labour’s candidate for the mayor of Manchester, lays down the reasons why the northern powerhouse is so important and Prospect’s Arts and Books Editor Sameer Rahim reviews Zadie Smith’s latest novel.
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