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The empty centre: What the “non-ideological” Independent Group actually tells us about our changing politics

They've been praised for embodying a new type of politics. But in reality, the Independent Group are a symptom of a bigger breakdown in the party political system

By Tom Clark   April 2019

There will be lessons to be learned from the success (or otherwise) of the new group. But they're not what you might expect. Photo: PA/Prospect composite

Absence, the post-modernists say, is just a special form of presence. The Independent Group (TIG) of MPs is so half-formed, so hazily-defined that it is more of a gap in the party system than anything else. In terms of ideas, its founding statement offered only negation, vowing its as yet unstated policies would be “not led by ideology.” The same document proposed to…

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