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All shook up: this election result upended stale assumptions about “centrist” politics

How the loser won

By Steve Richards   July 2017

The exit poll stunned the nation, by revealing Jeremy Corbyn's surge. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

The surprise is that we were surprised. The result of the UK general election is still generating shock waves and will do so for months, perhaps years, to come. Yet the outcome is part of a pattern and not an aberration. We should have seen it coming.

Ever since the 2008 financial crash UK politics has been wild and unruly. In 2010, what seemed like a freakish peacetime coalition was formed. In 2015,…

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