And now Columbia

I can’t pretend to know much about the civil war in Columbia, except that it has been going on for far too long. But the voters there┬áhave concluded that the terms offered to the FARC the rebel group were too lenient and have rejected them in a referendum. And on the same day the voters in Hungary┬ácame within a slither of throwing yet another spanner in the European works. After Brexit we are entering new political territory. Louis Napoleon pioneered the referendum as a way of copper bottoming his regime. Now it has become a method of humiliating elites all over the world. Those who imagine that the same method can be used to overturn this country’s ban on abortion had better be careful. More broadly politicians of all parties and in all countries are going to have to get out much, much more.

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