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Prospect editorial: the outrage factory

Frivolity in the face of political emergency

By Tom Clark   October 2018

Illustration by Jamie Wignall

Britain is, supposedly, months from leaving the EU. Our future trading and diplomatic relationships remain up in the air. A political crisis is looking likely; some fear an economic crisis will follow. The situation, then, is grave.

The first weekend of the new political term, however, was about nothing but words. The lead story on Saturday was about Chuka Umunna demanding that Jeremy Corbyn “call off the dogs” agitating to replace MPs on the Labour right, and the umbrage those activists took at being…

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