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The true cause of Labour’s schism— Corbyn rejects the Atlantic alliance

Do the Labour MPs who resigned the whip to enlist in the Independent Group (TIG) stand for anything? We know what they are against—Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, or lack of it, over Brexit and anti-semitism. They also have disagreements with the Labour leader on economic policy: they don’t like proposals for nationalisation or the abolition of university fees. But those issues are not the real cause of the split, which has seen the former Labour MPs join forces with a handful of former Tories. The 2017 Labour manifesto promised little that anyone in the party could disagree with. It was an extension of Ed Miliband’s 2015 manifesto, and contained fewer frightening tax increases than previous efforts such as Neil Kinnock’s in 1992 or Harold Wilson’s in 1974. But there is another issue which explains the split, and links Brexit and anti-semitism. Corbyn presents himself as building on Clement Attlee’s domestic legacy.

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In Prospect’s April issue: Mark Damazer, the former controller of BBC Radio 4, tells the inside story of how the BBC has tried—and sometimes failed—to cover the political crisis that overshadows everything else. Elsewhere in the issue: Playwright and screenwriter James Graham profiles John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, as he takes centre-stage in the unfolding Brexit drama and Tom Clark examines the Independent Group and argues that they could well shake up the established political tribes. Also, Jennifer Williams highlights the growing gap between the haves and have-nots in Manchester—a city that is simultaneously experiencing a housing boom and a homelessness crisis.