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Editorial December 2019—An ugly election

Each party has come to see the other as not merely its opposition, but its enemy. That has implications for the way our politics will work in the years ahead

By Tom Clark   December 2019

If the only choice this winter is between Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn, quite a slice of the country will be in no mood to make it. Other parties are, of course, available. And yet despite the interminable shambles of Conservative expulsions and Labour defections, the logic of Britain’s electoral system is such that the bookmakers rate the only realistic outcomes as being the Tory incumbent’s return…

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