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    A New Year thread: 10 important political lessons that 2016 taught us. Posted in the spirit of prompting debate. 1/11

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    1. Politics based on the traditional division between left & right offering competing economic policies is in terminal decline. 2/11

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    2. Mainstream politics in Britain is in trouble because of its failure to contest the consequences of globalisation for decades. 3/11

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    3. Economic interests don't dictate how people vote in the way both main parties assumed for decades: age, education & geography matter 4/11

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    4. Years of both main parties attacking the EU for short term political gain had predictable consequences when the referendum began. 5/11

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    5. Years of contempt for Westminster politicians (some deserved, much not) had unintended but profound consequences in the referendum. 6/11

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    6. The Tories have learnt that conservatism needs to be more than just a defence of free market economics & has become stronger for it. 7/11

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    7. Labour & the Left have not found a story for Britain when the economy is in trouble. It hasn't realised this & is weaker for it. 8/11

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    8. A viable politics of the centre ground needs to be defended on the basis of principle, or else it appears valueless & power-hungry. 9/11

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    9. When politicians play along with departing from facts to show they are in touch with public sentiment, democracy is the poorer. 10/11

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    10. Brexit Britain is currently on course to become Offshore Britain & it will reduce not increase democratic control of our country. 11/11

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