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We hope this redesign of the magazine cheers you up. If you readers are anything like the 100 Prospect writers who responded to our cover question on the future of politics, then you will need cheering up. The overall tone of the responses was almost absurdly pessimistic. Given how many of the indices that matter (on wealth, freedom, peace and so on) are pointing in the right direction, both domestically and internationally, this pessimism of the thinking classes is a political fact that requires explanation. Is Blair to blame? Iraq? Climate change? Is it a British thing? A European thing?…

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