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Political parties will always have their tribal rituals. Much of the appeal of membership comes in belonging to a community of like-minded people, and identifying with that community. And this process often involves members identifying with each other based on who they are not. Enmity between different party tribes is therefore an unavoidable aspect of party politics.

But as Westminster’s first peacetime coalition enters the home stretch and some experts predict another hung parliament in 2015, there are signs that things might slowly be changing. Politicians are starting to grapple with the challenge set by modern politics—how to be tribal…

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