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Foreword: March 2017—From post-truth to post-freedom

By Tom Clark   March 2017

In February, the Speaker of the House of Commons, did something that Speakers never do: he spoke up. With a flourish that recalled Hugh Grant’s Downing Street outburst against a bullying American president in Love Actually, John Bercow seethed against Donald Trump. Cue cheers on the opposition benches, and resentful frowns on the Conservative side, where there is gnawing unease about Theresa May’s post-Brexit impulse to hug the president close.

Mr Speaker rashly dispensed with his office’s traditional “above the fray” dignity. There could be serious consequences for the role of the…

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