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The Casey Review is shallow and confused

A report on integration in the UK appeals to feelings rather than facts

Probably not even Nigel Farage’s closest friends would claim that a grasp of detail is his most salient characteristic. In tweeting on its publication that Louise Casey’s review into opportunity and integration was “excellent” and “much of what I have been saying for years,” Farage may have been judging the report without the benefit of reading it.

I have read the report, however. It is indeed a document that would appeal to a politician who blames traffic jams on immigrants and expresses discomfort hearing foreign languages on public transport. It warns that segregation and social exclusion are at “worrying” levels, and it does so— extraordinarily—without indicating what it would accept as countervailing evidence.

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In Prospect’s January issue: Adam Tooze and Francis Fukuyama examine the “American Century.” Tooze says that the 1917 opened the door to the future because the US seized the chance to lead, rather than for the Russian Revolution. Fukuyama says that the US has fallen from its perch, a change embodied by the election of Donald Trump. Anna Blundy puts Samuel Pepys on the couch and uses his diaries to psychoanalyse the Restoration’s chronicler. Also in this issue: Chris Bickerton examines the rise of populist parties across Europe, Peter Tatchell and Malcolm Rifkind debate whether the Uk should stop pretending Trump’s US can be its best friend, Philip Collins reviews a collection of Brexit books and DJ Taylor examines Alan Bennett’s diaries.