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Editorial—A democracy in crisis

"Amid the frenzy, Prospect’s role is to provide some perspective on how Britain got itself into this perilous position, where things are heading and how bad they could get"

By Tom Clark   October 2019

Life, it is often said, hangs by a thread. Liberal democracy certainly does. One day in sleepy late August, No 10 announced that a parliament confronting almighty questions and a tight legal deadline would be suspended for several weeks. Downing Street also told journalists that if MPs passed a no-confidence vote the prime minister would not resign, but would instead force through a divisive no-deal Brexit, and only then go to the country—after the irreversible deed was done.

We shall see. The autumn will see many bluffs called. The times…

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