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In this month's prospect: Will a new generation of activists prove a real threat to the government? Plus Roy Hattersley on Ed Miliband, David Laws on the future of the Lib Dems, and much more

They’re back: banners, bull horns, whistles, and threats of strikes. Unions, students and internet activists lost no time in the new year launching themselves at ministers’ plans for cuts—and at ministers. Jeremy Hunt was the target of one boisterous disruption, as 30 students banging drums invaded the culture minister’s talk at the LSE.

It’s noisy; is it serious? Yes, say Ed Howker and Shiv Malik in “The new age of protest.”…

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