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Doing God

Faith remains a stark dividing line in politics

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The old quip ran that the Church of England was “the Conservative Party at prayer.” With 58 per cent of Anglicans voting blue in 2017, Theresa May, the daughter of a C of E chaplain, had them as tightly locked down as ever. Her problem is that there are many fewer Anglicans these days. Non-conformists, by contrast, used to be a major bloc in radical politics, but last year the UK’s remaining Methodists plumped for May over Corbyn, 47 to 35 per cent. Catholics, meanwhile, retain their historic preference for Labour, but only just—by 42 to 40 per cent.

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In Prospect’s May issue: More than a dozen writers critique the current state of economics, suggesting there are still lessons to learn more than a decade on from the financial crash. Howard Reed writes that the ideas we hold about the way economics works need to be ripped up. Ten of the world’s best living economists explain what, in their view, is the single most important lesson economics still has to learn, and Linda Yueh suggests what three of the past masters would think about economics today. Elsewhere in the issue: Vernon Bogdanor outlines why Brexit could cause a constitutional crisis in Britain; Jean H Lee explains why young South Koreans don’t want their country to reunify with their Northern neighbours; Sian Norris writes about the coming battle over abortion and shows where the UK ranks among its European peers; and Sonia Purnell profiles Jacob Rees-Mogg.