Politics is raw in Britain today. Remainers rage against Brexiters and vice versa. Pensioners are set against millennials; nationalists against immigrants; populists against elites; rural traditionalists against city liberals. Party politics is characterised by contempt and dogma. To his many enemies, Jeremy Corbyn is an extremist and will never be a legitimate national leader. To Corbynistas, his internal critics are bad losers and traitors to Labour. To many non-Tory voters and MPs, Theresa May’s government is an immoral experiment in austerity and pandering to prejudice. On seemingly every fundamental issue, the country feels even more divided than it did in the turbulent 70s and 80s. There are furious battles over free speech, minority rights, the size of the state, the shape of the economy, social and cultural values, even the truth and selection of relevant political facts. In many other democracies, from the US to Italy to Australia, politics has become just as tribal, … [Read more...] about The death of consensus: how conflict came back to politics
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Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY THE EUROPEAN PRESS Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to today’s Playbook and view in your browser Who is Anonymous? Everyone in Washington and beyond wants to know: Who is the anonymous “senior official” who penned the New York Times op-ed about the “quiet resistance” working in the White House to thwart Donald Trump’s “more misguided impulses?” Twitterworld reckons it could be someone very high up indeed. Trump, for his part, accused the author of “treason” and demanded the paper reveal their identity for “national security reasons.” POLITICO’s U.S. team writes that it is “open season on the president.” AMBASSADORS BRIEFED FIRST, Playbook readers second: Ambassadors in the Coreper I grouping were served dinner on the 13th floor of the Berlaymont on Wednesday … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by the European press: State of the Union preview — EU election games begin — Who is Anonymous?