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You lot need a good occupation

England plainly need to change. So hear me out on a gloriously revolutionary suggestion

When I moved to London from Amsterdam five years ago I struggled to find my feet in English culture, wondering time and again why people here are so bitter and cynical, and so prone to escapism. The widespread binge drinking and gambling addiction came as a real shock to this European, as did the English tabloids. Take a look at any of them and you basically find every negative human emotion catered for: paranoia, selfishness, outrage, voyeurism, victimhood, sadistic Schadenfreude, envy and, most of all, pure, naked hatred.

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In Prospect’s February issue: Tom Clark and Luke Harding examine the attacks facing democracy. Clark reviews two books on democracy and suggests a new intellectual assault may be on the horizon. Harding looks at Russia’s attempts to derail the democratic process by focussing on its technical frailty. Melissa Deckman asks why women voted for Trump, while Duncan Bell charts the story of the Anglosphere and suggests Brexiteers are indulging in an old fantasy. Also in this issue: Matthew Harries asks if it’s time to ban the nuclear bomb, Adam Mars-Jones looks at the way we perceive aliens in films and Elizabeth Pisani explores the role of activists in changing the perception of Aids and its pushing for treatment.