If only politicians ran the state the way they run elections

Our governments are blinkered by short-termism but their campaigns show they know how to plan strategically

3rd January, 2020
If only politicians ran the state the way they run elections
Dominic Cummings wants to hire “weirdos and misfits” to reform the way Britain is governed. Picture: Hollie Adams/Getty

The new year is already old. Or feels old at any rate. The new decade cannot hope to herald the “roaring 20s” spirit of a century ago. Back then, the wide-eyed newness of everything, coupled with the release of optimism after the end of the First World War, created a cocktail of hedonism and hyper-reality.

The burning of Australia and the scale of the climate change challenge, coupled with continued concerns about Brexit...

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