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Britain’s political modernisers have been crushed, and their replacements have no vision | John Harris

Technology will have a huge impact on us all, but Britain’s new generation of leaders look back to grammar schools and railway nationalisation despite the convulsions ahead

“If you had to choose any time in the course of human history to be alive, you’d choose this one.” So says Barack Obama in the editorial that opens the “Frontiers issue” of Wired magazine he has just guest-edited. On the face of it, it’s a sentence so banal that it barely merits comment. But set against the backward-facing mindset currently defining so much of politics – from the rise and fall of Donald Trump to the mess of crabby nostalgia that drove a lot of the vote for Brexit – his words seem defiant.

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