Ross McKibbin reviews 'Fall Out: A year of political mayhem' by Tim Shipman

Ross McKibbin reviews 'Fall Out: A year of political mayhem' by Tim Shipman

Fall Out: A year of political mayhem

by Tim Shipman

William Collins, $57.99 hb, 592 pp, 9780008264383

At present it is virtually impossible to make any confident prediction about the future of British politics, or indeed of the British state. The future lies in a fog where shadowy figures can be discerned but none is readily identifiable. Nothing should surprise us, but it now always does. This has been true since the 2015 general election when the Conservatives won an unexpected parliamentary majority, and, as a result, forced David Cameron to have a referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU – a referendum he did not want and which he grotesquely mismanaged.

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Published in May 2018, no. 401

Ross McKibbin

Ross McKibbin was educated at the University of Sydney and is a historian of modern Britain. An emeritus fellow of St John’s College, Oxford University, he is also a long-time contributor to the London Review of Books.