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Reflections of a former MP: our political meltdown is frightening—and a good thing

Order will emerge from the chaos, one better suited to the realities of 21st century Britain

By Charlotte Leslie  

Photo: Daniel Kalker/DPA/PA Images

“I don’t know really.” The person would shift uneasily on their doorstep. They did not like their MP asking them which way they would naturally vote. (I did not much like asking them.) “My dad was Labour. He’d turn in his grave if he knew I voted any other way, but—I don’t know anymore.” They would shrug. “You seem ok. I might vote for you.”

Why do I share this endlessly recurring little scene from my days as an MP? Because it begins to shed light…

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