David McWilliams: Why Ireland is economically superior to Britain

Britain’s political centre – home of Blair and Thatcher – has been abandoned for the extremes

Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher and former leader Edward Heath at a campaign meeting in 1975 to keep Britain in the Common Market. Photograph: Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher and former leader Edward Heath at a campaign meeting in 1975 to keep Britain in the Common Market. Photograph: Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It’s time to talk about England and consider what has happened to the English political centre. The political creature that Leo Varadkar is negotiating with this weekend is completely different from anything in living memory.

We are dealing with an extremely unstable political entity, where the centre has been abandoned to the radicals on either side.

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