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Foreword: June 2017—Landslides in a 50/50 island

"A big win for May could make it tempting to forget the truth that Britain remains split down the middle. That would be a mistake."

By Tom Clark  

There are times when the British way of doing politics feels not merely unreformed, but unreformable. Not so long ago there was a coalition, a novelty in this country, which talked of overhauling the voting system, democratising the Lords and fixing election dates so they ceased to be a prime ministerial plaything. The first change died the death quickly, in a forgotten referendum, the second more slowly, ensnared in Westminster’s arcane procedures. Now—with Theresa May’s snap election—the shift to fixed terms has also been exposed as an illusion. After the…

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