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Election special: Why does UK politics appear so hopelessly inadequate for the challenges we face? Plus: Rachel Shabi on how the war in Gaza is reshaping Britain’s Jewish community and Sasha Mudd on the complexities of free speech

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Britain, the puerile polity

Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer are complicit in the farcical performance that debases every British election campaign. It is a mode of politics hopelessly inadequate for the challenges that we face—and the victor should break with it

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