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The Great British RebootHow the UK Can Thrive in a Turbulent World$
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Alex Brummer

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780300243499

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300243499.001.0001

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Taking Back Control!

(p.220) Chapter Eight Governance
The Great British Reboot

Alex Brummer

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the noise and parliamentary divisions that were not silenced until the general election held on 12 December 2019, which swept Prime Minister Boris Johnson back into office. It cites the dissonance that remained suppressed as the nation confronted coronavirus, lockdown, and the economic slump from 23 March 2020. It also mentions new Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, who was keen to make his mark by bringing lawyerly, forensic questioning to politics. The chapter points out the rate of Britain in international league tables as one of the best-run, most-respected, and least-corrupt countries among the advanced nations, which is a verdict of almost every independent assessment. It notes the conduct of the Brexit debate, the mercurial behaviour of the nation's elected politicians and the condemnation by leading policymakers that suggest a nation that had lost faith in its institutional structures.

Keywords:   general election, coronavirus, lockdown, economic slump, advanced nations

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