One Month On: Is Theresa May’s Kite-Flying Government Working?

The first of these in particular hints at symbolic policy shifts to please social conservatives who felt ignored by David Cameron’s patrician Tory version of establishment liberalism. Giving groups such as the Campaign for Real Education, the restoration of grammar schools would thus be a visible sign, in policy terms, of taking back control from an unresponsive establishment elite seemingly demanded by the Brexit vote. This is indeed rapidly becoming the standard interpretation of the 23 June vote, both in Britain and abroad. For example, in Lee Hsien Loong’s Prime Minister’s address to Singapore’s National Day Rally on 21 August, Brexit was invoked as a shorthand warning of what happens to governments who ignore the governed.

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