Today's Edition, 13 December 2019

Time for Boris Johnson to show his true colours

If the exit polls are to be believed, the PM will no longer be able to leave his political creed undefined

Matthew Goodwin
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Outside London, Giles, it really isn’t that bad

It's harder to have a political argument with someone in a small town like mine

| 12 December

How Labour betrayed their supporters

Corbynistas treated floating voters as plutocratic scum or imbeciles

Corbynistas forget the central principal of parliamentary democracy: to persuade your enemy to become your friend

Tanya Gold
Can our shattered nation survive this election?

Today's act of voting feels less like an act of communal solidarity than an angry tribal denunciation of the other side

Today's act of voting feels less like an act of communal solidarity than an angry tribal denunciation of the other side

Giles Fraser

What does your constituency really think?

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Outside London, Giles, it really isn’t that bad

It's harder to have a political argument with someone in a small town like mine

| 12 December

What if everyone loses this election?

Come December 13, Britain could find itself in a new and extraordinary form of political chaos

Time for Boris Johnson to show his true colours

If the exit polls are to be believed, the PM will no longer be able to leave his political creed undefined

Why I’m going to spoil my ballot

Each of the main parties is woefully inadequate; I'm voting for none of the above

Series: General Election 2019

General Election 2019

Our contributors report back from constituencies across the UK

Has groupthink swung your vote?

There has been little serious effort to properly explain the promises made in the parties' manifestos

Simon Evans
Why do British teens think life is meaningless?

According to a new OECD report, British schoolchildren are having an existential crisis

Freddie Sayers
What would ‘living with less’ actually look like?

Cutting our consumption wouldn’t just reduce our carbon footprint, but lead to a more conservative society

Peter Franklin

Factcheck
12:35

No, the rain probably won’t affect voter turnout

The much-quoted idea that bad weather is good or bad for one party is likely nonsense

| 12 December
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07:00

Bernie Sanders is America’s magic grandpa

He may be 78, but the veteran socialist has a commanding vote share of young people

| 12 December
Seen Elsewhere
15:23

Why it takes a village of fathers to raise a child

The New York Times is wrong again about family structure and race

| 11 December
Explainer
11:10

What we really learned from the YouGov MRP result

Whichever way the result goes, the Tories haven't convinced yet

| 11 December
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07:00

How we ruined election campaigns

This is a high stakes campaign — so why is it all so boring?

| 11 December
Debate
15:44

Confessions of a conflicted voter

I want to vote for a radical Left Brexit party, but there isn't one on the ballot

| 10 December
Reaction
12:09

Has the FT turned red?

For the first time in three elections, the pink paper is not endorsing the Tories

| 10 December
Seen Elsewhere
07:00

South Korean women go on strike — and who can blame them?

The new 'Four Nos' Movement says ‘No’ to dating, sex, marriage and child-rearing

| 10 December
Idea
16:44

Are the Tories now the Social Democrats?

The centre-Left in the UK has taken on a very different form

| 9 December
Why 2019 became the Instagram election

Trust in politicians is so low that they've adopted the 'staged authenticity' of celebrity influencers

Paolo Gerbaudo

Trust in politicians is so low that they've adopted the 'staged authenticity' of celebrity influencers

Paolo Gerbaudo
Could the Tories ever win the black vote?

With the Conservatives set to grab historic Labour heartlands, the minority electorate could be next

Mutaz Ahmed
How the Tories could conjure a youthquake

The Conservatives could be doomed if they don't win over the under-30s

Various Contributors

How China has enabled the Rohingya atrocity

The liberal West is out of tools when it comes to dealing with authoritarian governments

Bill Hayton
Can Dominic Raab cling on to Esher?

Such is the country's current state of political flux that the Tory tradition could be under threat in a slab of rock-solid Surrey

Ian Birrell
Why Glasgow deserves better

Our correspondent visits Easterhouse, one of the most disadvantaged pockets of the nation

Paul Embery
Our prisons are a national disgrace

Boris Johnson's pledge to lock up yet more vulnerable offenders treats the vulnerable as political pawns

Ian Birrell

Interviews.

we sit down with original thinkers and talk ideas

Jonathan Rowson’s Confessions — Chess, concentration and climate change

Giles chats to the philosopher and chess grandmaster about the beauty of chess, the importance of spirituality and why the political spectrum is fake news.

Andrew Sullivan’s Confessions — Catholicism, coming out and Jeremy Corbyn

Giles talks to author and political commentator Andrew Sullivan about his troubled home life, how moving to America liberated him and why Jeremy Corbyn is the real 'Britain Trump'.

George Monbiot’s Confessions — Boarding school, the BBC and Extinction Rebellion

Giles chats to the environmental activist and "professional troublemaker" about boarding school, the climate emergency and a near-death experience.

Rory Stewart on Love, Brexit and Boris Johnson

Freddie Sayers talks to Rory Stewart about Love, romantic Conservatives and how Boris Johnson made him feel like an abused wife

Grace Blakely: what the Left can learn from Thatcher

Freddie Sayers talks to the Left-wing economics writer about what her plans would mean in the real world

Why Tories are becoming extinct

There are huge, unprecedented demographic challenges facing the Conservative Party

Ed West

There are huge, unprecedented demographic challenges facing the Conservative Party

Ed West
Of course biological sex exists, Jo

Male and female are scientific reality — even if Jo Swinson doesn't agree

Tom Chivers
Emmanuel Macron’s alienating ambition

The French President's popularity is tanking — at home and abroad


Should England be embarrassed by Brexit?

How a national identity crisis became the subject of international ridicule

Jenny McCartney
How Labour became the party of dreamers — not doers

Corbynism is a fusion of two very distinct types: the fools and the knaves

Robert Colvile
The most important Muslim Britain has never heard of

Introducing Ghayasuddin Siddiqui: the radical Islamist turned 'bearded feminist'

Jenny Taylor
Jo Swinson’s feminist credentials are a joke

Fetishising self-identified gender over biological sex is putting women in danger

Sarah Ditum

Box set: Political awakenings

How family, feelings and unlikely accidents can shape a lifetime of politics...

How I learned the Tories weren’t evil

Working in the coalition taught me that humility must take the place of hubris in our politics

Polly Mackenzie
There’s no such thing as Left versus Right

There’s so much more to politics than the market and the state

Peter Franklin
Don’t let Brexit become the next Troubles

Growing up in Belfast in the 1970s taught me that tribal loyalties have a way of turning nasty

Jenny McCartney
How Noël Coward made me a Marxist

I realised that it wasn't just prime ministers and Catholic priests who could lead a double life

Paul Mason

Series: Fake history

Fake history

Why (almost) everything you thought you knew about history is wrong