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Authenticity is the missing ingredient in politics

But Ken Clarke has it in abundance

By Alex Dean   January 2017

After all the chin-stroking about the Brexit vote and the rise of Donald Trump, there’s only one conclusion on which everyone can agree. Rage against politicians is at an all-time high. But why? Ipsos MORI’s “Veracity Index” gives us a valuable clue. It rates trust in different professions, and politicians come out bottom of the pile. A mere 15 per cent of Brits believe what they say—that’s six points down on their appalling score last year. Voters think those they elect are liars.

Mainstream politicians are…

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