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The reality of democracy

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Watching Donald Trump’s progression towards the Republican nomination and possibly the White House (see Sam Tanenhaus’s almost affectionate portrait, p26), many have asked whether this is a failure of democracy. Many ask the same about the UK government’s decision to hand the question of membership of the European Union to people in a referendum. At a Prospect “In Conversation” with Philip Hammond in January, Richard Dawkins, the scientist, challenged the Foreign Secretary to defend giving “such an important question to people like me.” Hammond’s retort was that this was democracy; Dawkins’s, in turn, that he voted for MPs to represent him precisely on technical issues such as these.

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In Prospect’s April issue: Sam Tanenhaus profiles Donald Trump, the leading candidate for the Republican Party Presidential nomination and asks if Trump makes it to the Oval Office, what would he do? Stephen Glover, examines what is happening at the Guardian as the newspaper looks to cut costs. Ferdinand Mount says Tony Blair transformed Britain but he should have cared more about the Labour Party. Also in this issue: Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI5, says that Brexit would not damage the UK’s security and Christopher de Bellaigue questions whether France’s clampdown on radicals is having the right effect. Plus Miranda France looks at the legacy of Don Quixote and the Duel asks: “Should the Church of England be disestablished”?
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