Moderates are being driven out of polarised and toxic party politics

The schism between left and right is pushing centrist politicians out and creating a vacuum that will continue to be filled by hardliners across Britain, the EU and the US until the trend is reversed

29th December, 2019
Moderates are being driven out of polarised and toxic party politics
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The political centre ground is under pressure. Across the developed world, moderates are increasingly finding their pragmatic approach to political problem-solving to be redundant. The rise of the hard left and hard right makes politics more divided and polarised than ever. The result is unedifying.

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