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Change and stability

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18.06.2019

By Arthur I. Cyr

W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, the great British musical maestros, declared in their 1882 light opera "Iolanthe" that Great Britain was truly stable politically: "… every boy and every gal that's born into the world alive is either a little Liberal or else a little Conservative." The Conservative Party and the Liberal Party were dominant in that country in the Victorian age, meaning most of the 19th century, and into the twentieth century.

The government of the United Kingdom appeared to be stable, except for sustained pressure for independence from Ireland. The Irish gained independence in 1921, after a bloody struggle. Early in the twentieth century, the Labour Party replaced the Liberal Party.

Yet now that picture of political stability is changing, dramatically. Two-party dominance clearly is declining. Over the past half century, the Liberal Party and its contemporary successor the Liberal Democrats have gained, along with the nationalist parties........

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