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How the west can thrive in the 21st century

Two authors make the case for conservative liberal democracy

By Kate Womersley   October 2020
Singapore: a model for the west? Credit: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Singapore: a model for the west? Credit: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Writing a book about an ongoing crisis is risky. But it would take an extraordinary reversal of fortunes for the west to mount an impressive response to Covid-19. John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, and Adrian Wooldridge, a columnist for the Economist, have put together a “manifesto” arguing that the pandemic is a “stress test” which has proved devastating for western countries whose governments have long been in…

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