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Contents Issue 284 January/February 2020

Cover story

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

Childhood unplugged

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

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