“The faultline in British politics is no longer a left-right divide,” Swinson said before the conference. She prefers a division between authoritarian and liberal, or closed and open. The analysis is modish, though its diagnosis has been proffered many times before: it used to be known as the “third way.” It seems unlikely that the division between left and right, which has endured as a heuristic since 1789, has met its end in a constitutional squall in a mid-tier North Atlantic former imperial power.
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