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No, prime minister: Britain will punch below its weight for as long as it has minority government

A mandarin speaks truth to power about life after a majority

By Gus O'Donnell   July 2017

Photo: Pres Panayotov/Rex/Shutterstock

Read more: State of denial: both major parties have ambitious plans—but can Britain afford them?

On Election Day I was teaching at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford. By coincidence David Cameron was there for a meeting of the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development. I joked that the UK could be classified as a fragile state. Now that joke is all too real. The current situation is reminiscent of the 1970s, and Labour’s experience of minority governments then does not augur well. This…

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