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Editorial: I agree with Nick

Bronwen Maddox introduces the September issue

The polls that YouGov has carried out for Prospect are stark (p22). As Peter Kellner writes, if the Liberal Democrats faced a general election now, they would have only about 10 MPs, compared to 57 now. The present parliamentary strength reflects the euphoria of the spring of 2010, when Britain’s third party seemed to be in striking range of the other two. Nick Clegg’s performance in the televised debate, which prompted Gordon Brown’s refrain “I agree with Nick,” and inspired a thousand lapel badges, seemed to have pulled off a transformation that in politics is priceless—of making his party sound…

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