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In these difficult times, it is an essential task to persevere with empathy in politics, Daniel Reast writes.
Election day is upon us. After the drama of the last parliament, a new administration should feel like a better future. All eyes have been on the polls – and a vote to keep out the Tories is a vote not wasted.
With the December 12 election confirmed, politicians and activists will be working hard to get out the vote. For Labour and the Liberal Democrats, this will bring the two rivals into a much greater conflict – a risk to voters and democracy at a volatile time.
The new deal agreed between the EU and Boris Johnson is set to divide the House of Commons for another close vote. With the DUP holding firm, but veteran Eurosceptic Tories capitulating, all eyes are on a handful of MPs with the future of the UK and EU in their grip.
Brexit has nurtured the existence of nationalism in the UK’s politics. While one side wishes to return to an imperial Britain ruling the waves, the other believes in a subtle image of a tolerant Britain that never really was. Both are wrong.
When MPs returned to the benches this week, no one could have predicted the scenes of anger and emotion. Opposition politicians collided with an officially sponsored dangerous rhetoric. Most definitely, one of the worst weeks in parliamentary history.