John Looby: 'A soft centre and the telling of hard truths'

John Looby: 'A soft centre and the telling of hard truths'

Centrist politicians have been recklessly poor at challenging the narrative of their alleged impotence

Challenged to explain the recent political upheaval on both sides of the Atlantic, many have instinctively reached for the playbook of the 1930’s. The well-worn narrative of financial crisis begetting economic and then political upheaval in the aftermath of the Wall Street crash of 1929 has been widely retold. The extraordinary recent decisions of voters in the UK and the US, and what may soon follow from their Dutch and French counterparts, is apparently best understood as a case of troubled history repeating itself.

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