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In this trial issue, Nick Cohen shows how conservatives once cherished this country’s constitutional order. Now they are bulldozing it in the pursuit of a political principle. That may be tactically smart, but it is strategically stupid.
The ties that hold Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland together with England have rarely looked so fragile. As Simon Jenkins explains dogmatic centralism, not the mythical nationalism of the (patronisingly named) Celtic fringe, is to blame.
Helen Joyce explores the upheavals at Stonewall, a gay rights organisation that has adopted the new and divisive cause of unconditional trans equality. David Cox rallies the unWoke to his standard while Samir Shah (page 26) defends “white saviours”.
In our international coverage, Joseph Lian explains how the Chinese Communist Party has stoked the protest movement in Hong Kong by their obdurate refusal to deal with its initially modest demands. The Kremlin’s unflinching defence of its corrupt authoritarian rule has sparked dissent even in the loyal ranks of the Orthodox priesthood in Russia, as Victor Madeira shows.
Our new editor Edward Lucas explains how the post-1989 rediscovery of history turned sour .
And in our Civilisation section, Brian Griffiths reviews Charles Moore on Margaret Thatcher, Cindy Polemis looks at the method and madness of William Blake and Maureen Lipman explores the outer limits of casting convention.