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The day the Remain dream died was not 12th December but 17th October

Once Johnson had his deal it was all over. Moderates should have agreed to an election sooner

By Jonathan Lis  

This was not ievitable, says Lis. Phoot: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

It is barely three days since the election and already the official history of Labour’s calamitous defeat has become established: Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership; the party’s Brexit policy; suspicion of its manifesto; its poor communication; the splitting of the Remain vote; and of course the weak response to anti-semitism. Soul searching is also justifiably focusing on the trend of the last 15 years, now rapidly accelerated, in which Labour has cemented its popularity in affluent urban seats and lost…

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