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Tory leadership race: A new broom in No 10 represents change—but not hope

There is no leader currently in view who can heal Britain's state of anguished crisis

By Alex Massie   July 2019

Photo: Boris Johnson: a comfort zone leader. Photo: Shutterstock

The selection of a new prime minister, even when the exercise is conducted without the endorsing legitimacy of a general election, is supposed to be accompanied by something approaching a frisson of anticipation, even hope. A new beginning; a resetting of politics; a fresh sense of possibility. Not so on this occasion. The race to replace Theresa May is instead filled with foreboding, the grim sense that matters will have to get worse before they can get better. Britain…

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