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…as I say, not as I do

By WILLIAM_DAVIES  

This summer has seen the rise of an interesting new political trend: politicians talking about problems they either can’t or won’t do anything about. This has seeped into both social and economic issues, thanks to the perceived crisis in both. The credit crunch, escalating energy prices, the values of young people, eating habits, lads mags and so much else are now fair game for politicians seeking to assert their authority. The Conservative Party has been particularly adventurous in naming the various sources of Britain’s malaise, scarcely any of which are possible objects of policy intervention. This all represents a new…

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