An age of incivility: understanding the new politics

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Phillips, Trevor; Stuart, Hannah
Policy Exchange
Date of publication
15 November 2018
Minority Groups
Social welfare
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This analysis of the contours of incivility finds twelve key themes that are driving the coarsening of British public life and political discourse, including misogyny and homophobia, accusations of treachery and threats of violence. The political crises of recent years: the 2003 Iraq war, 2008 financial crisis, the 2009 MPs’ expenses scandal and 2016 Brexit referendum, have cut across traditional party lines and broken conventional political parameters, leading to aggression directed as much at ‘traitors’ within as political opponents.

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