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This house is no longer a fit home for British democracy

Parliament’s arcane theatricality may embody continuity, but it also reeks of exclusivity. And that's not the only problem...

By Rafael Behr   Winter Special

From rats to crumbling stonework, Parliament is no longer fit for purpose. Photo: Prospect composite

An enduring image from the parliament that just finished was Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg lounging across the Commons front bench in the posture of an Edwardian rake on a chaise longue. The indolent tableau quickly spread online, in its original form and in thousands of digitally doctored variants.

Rees-Mogg was already familiar as a living caricature of fogeyish Tory insouciance, embodying a fashion with the same vintage as the green upholstery on which he…

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