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Editorial: Politics on the ropes

There is little enthusiasm for our current leaders

By Bronwen Maddox   May 2013

Dave, Ed or Nick—asked who they would rather sit next to on a train, voters grudgingly said they’d prefer the prime minister (Peter Kellner, £), but there wasn’t much in it. Or much enthusiasm. Electoral politics has had a bad decade. The world’s old liberal democracies have been hit by shocks they did not foresee, even if they caused them—Iraq, collapsing banks, currency turmoil. Their claim to have built the highway leading to “the…

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