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Two parties, devoid of the hopeful political vision for the future we need

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One of the most repeated criticisms of our political landscape is the absence of any long term political vision. Survival over reflection, short term over long term, disparate issues over coherent vision. Our politics needs a radical refresh to shift away from chronic short termism and mediocrity to something much more compelling.

We’ve all been there – when something has broken in the house and you just move things around a bit or put some Sellotape on it, knowing full well it’s not actually confronting the source of the problem. Fine, my chest of drawers still works but very questionably and probably not for much longer.

In politics, plenty of people agree that what we need is vision, but very few are clear about what that consists of. There is a lot on why we need it, but less on how we get there.

“Visions” do not simply happen. While they are abstract and difficult to define, when they exist, they are obvious and they are transformational. Even in a pragmatic, cautious Britain, the post war government gave us the NHS and the welfare state, and Thatcherism reorganised the relationship between the public and private sectors.

But “the........

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