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Britain’s national genius lay in moderation—now we risk losing our heads

We never needed a formal constitution to guard against extremism—but if we continue down our current route that could change

By Rory Stewart   July 2019

Not the way to do it: Punch & Judy politics. Photo: Shutterstock

In the end our British culture has always been about finding the creative energy of the centre ground and avoiding the fantasies of the extremes. It was the genius of our constitution—our response to reformation and revolution—through church and constitutional monarchy. It is the core of the concept of a loyal opposition that can contest every policy while accepting the ground rules. It is how we avoided the extreme ideologies of the 20th century. It is the…

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