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Against “sensible” politics

In spite of the fact most people think their own politics are "sensible," appeals to common sense are mostly about preserving the status quo—however broken it is

By Charlotte Lydia Riley  

Just because you think you occupy the centre ground doesn't mean you're actually there. Photo: PA/Prospect composite

In 1945, before Labour’s first ever landslide victory would set the Attlee government on course to be the most radical left-wing government the country had ever seen, the Labour manifesto proclaimed that “Britain’s coming Election will be the greatest test in our history of the judgement and common sense of our people.”

The 1997 manifesto included the word “sensible” three times—in reference to trade union reforms, media regulation, and the need to…

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