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Labour’s troubles

I think Rachel Sylvester will be proved wrong on the shape of the new party system (“Welcome to New Britain,” August). The Labour Party will not split. The high politics of yesteryear are irrelevant now that the force for change is coming from below. Politicians were the driving force with the SDP. The movers and shakers this time are the voters. Their shift towards Ukip is shaping the next stage of English party politics.

The party system is already being remade within a new framework forged around identity, nationhood and place. If Ukip has any sense it will become an English party, given Labour’s abhorrence at doing so. If that happens, then the death of the Labour Party becomes more probable, unless it finds a leader who has the vision and courage to pinch what will surely be by then Ukip’s clothes.

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In Prospect’s September issue: Paul Johnson argues that there is no getting away from the fact our economic prospects have got worse post-Brexit. Paul Wallace attempts to outline how the government will try and deal with that situation, while Nicolas Véron suggests that The City of London will decline outside the European Union. On a brighter note, Clive James explores what we can learn from the television show Mad Men. Also in this issue: Patience Wheatcroft, the Conservative peer, suggests that Brexit might not be a done deal with a rebellion in the Lords possible. Thomas Chatterton Williams explores the work and Beyoncé and argues that black artists are failing to say anything profound and James Dyson outlines how he would rule the world.