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17 March 2021

How to remake Britain

Our writers give their view on the UK’s post-Brexit future.

By New Statesman

 John Gray on the perils of grand designs

In a multinational state as divided as Britain has become, an overarching national project is unfeasible. 

Over the past few months, Boris Johnson has bet on a “green industrial revolution” as the avenue for Union-wide economic transformation. Will it pay off? 

A network of civic institutions should form the base of the foundational economy, locally rooted and citizen-led.

We require a “radical reform of British education” to convert schools from narrow exam factories to places of imagination, innovation and technical training.

Linda Colley on the case for a new progressive alliance

Unless first-past-the-post gives way to proportional representation, it will remain difficult to forge the effective coalitions of the righteous and the reforming needed to lead a national project.

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These articles are written in response to Roberto Mangabeira Unger’s essay on the future of the UK after Brexit

This article appears in the 17 Mar 2021 issue of the New Statesman, The system cannot hold