Contents April 2017

PROSPECT APRIL

Letters & opinions 4 Letters 6 The May mirage

7 Turkey’s next coup

8 Rainbow nation,

racist backstory 10 Fools rush in plus ’ cartoon strip

12 Tolerance at the end of its tether 13 Learn to love a robot

14 View from Italy

The People’s Republic of Prato

The Duel 16 Should we regret the

Bolshevik Revolution?

30 Galloping girl

Tory or radical, prude or saucepot— there have been many Jane Austens. But her genius was rooted in a life

Tory or radical, prude or saucepot— there have been many Jane Austens. But her genius was rooted in a life lived at breakneck speed 34 Working class zero

Paul Nuttall crashed in Stoke. But a sharper operator could still revive the northern right 36 Back in the emergency room

Financial crisis has been a recurrent condition for the NHS since birth. Is this time any different? 44 Thirty year march of the Front National

Marine Le Pen is frighteningly close to making the unthinkable happen in France

Speed data 18 It’s the job market, stupid!

Features

Is that it for Labour?Labour?

20 The red sag

Labour’s problems are far deeper than Corbyn. But he needs to go. His MPs should walk away plus 23 Sobering Dismal Precedent

26 Fix the ideas first

Tackling unaccountable power could win back support for Labour

28 Brief encounter

John Bercow “ I suppose I just keep buggering on.”

48 A melody of voices

A rare interview with Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich, who marries a journalist’s craft with a novelist’s art 50 Casino capitalism

Gambling has always been part of financial markets, from their origins in 17th-century coffee houses to the Great Crash of 2008. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature 56 The slow ruin of Edinburgh

The planting of a “Golden Turd” in the heart of the city reveals grotesquely skewed planning priorities