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One damned thing after another: Britain’s crisis-ridden century so far

The Iraq war, the financial crisis, Brexit and Covid have seen many prime ministers blown off course. Will Keir Starmer be any luckier than his predecessors?

29 June 2024

9:00 AM

29 June 2024

9:00 AM

Haywire: A Political History of Britain Since 2000 Andrew Hindmoor

Allen Lane, pp.640, 35

Asked about the greatest challenges he faced as prime minister, Harold Macmillan is said to have replied: ‘Events, dear boy, events.’ The first quarter of this century has seen no shortage of events that have blown prime ministers off course. There was Tony Blair by 9/11 and the resulting war in Iraq; Gordon Brown by the financial crisis of 2007-8; David Cameron and Theresa May by Brexit; and Boris Johnson by Covid.

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