For many years, perhaps since the Corn Law debates, then the age of empire, and, later, the world wars, Britain has stood broadly on the side of “open.” I don’t think we can take this predisposition for granted any more. In fact, there is a risk that voters will soon start to make different choices—voting for a bit more protectionism, a bit less foreign aid, a bit less Europe and feeling a bit less comfortable about strangers.
This is the challenge for progressives today: to make the case that “carefully open” is good. To give people a fair chance to…
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