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British politics will move both quickly and slowly

British politics will move both quickly and slowly

Pay particular attention to the slow stuff

British politics in 2018 will have only two speeds: prestissimo (very fast) and lento (slow). The prestissimo will be the drumbeat of repeated crises, as ministers threaten to resign and the government loses key votes in the House of Commons—and perhaps even the small but real possibility that the Conservatives will give up the ghost and the prime minister will call another election. But the most significant politics will take place at a much slower tempo: that of bureaucracies grinding out difficult decisions and party managers pushing through complicated legislation.

The main reason for Britain’s temporal disjuncture is, of course, Brexit, writes Adrian Wooldridge.

Written: Monday February 5th, 7:27pm 2018