Long Division: The Crises That Splintered Britain

Is Britain entering a new era of crisis? And what can we learn from the previous ones? Phil Tinline, author of The Death of Consensus: 100 Years of British Political Nightmares, talks to Dorian Lynskey about the previous occasions when Britain’s ruling consensus broke down, and if current turmoil will force us to change course once again.

“When it comes to political futures, we always think of the worst-case scenarios.”

“The nature of consensus is that it is a messy compromise.”

“There are things Labour is now prepared to advocate because it has lost four general elections.”

“In America there is such a consensus on support for Ukraine, perhaps more than most European countries.”


Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Jade Bailey. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production.

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