Saturday June 6, 2020

Pat Rabbitte: The re-energising of the left/right divide

Smaller government, lower taxes and free markets are leaving millions of people insecure and substantial numbers in poverty

11th June, 2017
Theresa May’s gambit to convert Brexit support into a Conservative mandate backfired spectacularly Picture: Getty

This democracy business can be messy and unpredictable. Less than a year ago, the decision of the people of Britain to leave the European Union was a political earthquake. It was followed by a truly remarkable outcome of the US presidential election that almost nobody forecast and that many greeted with disbelief and apprehension.

It seemed that the forces of populism – and worse – masquerading as anti-establishment zealotry would sweep all before them. These...

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