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Contents October 2018

October 2018

Features

The rise of Twitter The descent of politics

The descent of politics

PROSPECT OCTOBER

18 How Twitter poisoned politics

18 How Twitter poisoned politics

The strange story of how a platform for cat photos and gossip has come to debase our democracy plus How 2 spk Twtr: a guide Anatomy of a Twitterstorm

The strange story of how a platform for cat photos and gossip has come to debase our democracy plus 23 How 2 spk Twtr: a guide 25 Anatomy of a Twitterstorm 26 Case study: polite politics vs Twitter twaddle

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30 Prospect Portrait John McDonnell

Labour’s shadow chancellor on working the night shift—and his Marxist ambitions for No 11 36 When the Tories turned on Europe

Britain’s Brexit fate was sealed in 1988—with just two speeches by Margaret Thatcher 38 Bosnia on the brink

A complex peace deal ended the Bosnian war. Now, it is falling apart ´ 44 The Brexit crunch

The derivatives market is worth trillions—what happens if Brexit brings it grinding to a halt? 48 If Oxford shrugs

The inside story of how England’s oldest university picks its students 58 London’s 24-hour nightmare

The capital was supposed to become a “24-hour-city.” As clubs close, is the dream over?

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