While the government wrestles with intractable problems, Labour seems irrelevant. Is there any hope for the party?
"We are entering a 19th century-style era of power politics in which you have bombast, summits and, almost, gun boats."
David Cameron's last project was to end the race divide among British voters. But can it last under May's government?
The physical gap between these places can be a matter of a few miles. The cultural gap can seem unbridgeable.
Whether we're talking trade, national security, immigration or social cohesion, the cosmopolitan axis already tells us more than a conventional left-right divide.
The past few years have been excellent for graduates and terrible for unskilled school-leavers. It's no wonder they have different feelings about the political status quo.
The voting power of pensioners has long had a distorting effect on British politics.
Opinion polls have shown that most voters, in theory, favour a fall in house prices. But do they in practice?
Democracy requires a citizenship that meets, deliberates and interacts without fear and hatred. Only in this way can we work together as a diverse community.
The new wave of nationalism is a reminder of the contingent, if not cyclical, nature of history. The liberal left cannot retreat to the comforts of moral outrage.
The EU referendum fallout has only served to remind us of the status quo. "Taking back control" is meaningless unless we also reshape our democracy.
Whether it's tweeting about his enemies, or using his children as advisers, Donald J Trump is not a conventional president. We need a strong media to hold the new US president - and other world leaders - to account.
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