Contents Issue 284 January/February 2020
New decade New ideas
10 The challenges that loom in the new decade can appear daunting. But great minds are buzzing with fresh thinking Liberalism on the front foot
Business paying its taxes
New life in older age
Planning for pandemics
Telling Britain’s true story
Up front 1 Editorial 6 Contributors 8 Letters 17 Stephen Collins’s cartoon strip
SPEED DATA 19 All that glitters
THE DUEL 20 Should smacking be illegal?
22 Excuse me, are you English? Brexit and a nation’s identity
28 “ This house is no longer a fit home for British democracy” How parliament fell apart
34 The circus trial of Donald J Trump A shambolic process that doesn’t kill the president may make him stronger
40 Clive James A tribute to the late Prospect columnist
44 Green new meal Can veganism really save us?
48 The social mobility trap Attempts to level the playing field through education have failed
54 The Gift that keeps on giving The Booker Prize-winning author on priceless presents
58 The new arms race The last nuclear treaty is about to collapse. Are we safe?
66 Two countries, one planet How the UK outperformed Germany’s energy transition
PROSPECT PORTRAIT Nevertheless, she persisted Elizabeth Warren would be America’s most radical president. Can she win?
76 The nation’s landlord How Tim Martin’s Wetherspoon pubs have brought Britain together