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In 2006 I sat in a cafe in Recoleta, Buenos Aires and watched the world go by.

Chanel sunglasses walked alongside Ralph Lauren Polo shirts. The sun shone on well-groomed poodles following Armarni jeans into high-end shops.

Yesterday I sat in a cafe on Redchurch Street, Shoreditch. Outside the world went by.

Ray-Ban sunglasses walked alongside Superdry polo shirts. The sun shone on well-groomed sausage dogs following Diesel jeans into boutique shops.

Between 1999 and 2002 Argentina's economy fell off a cliff. The government defaulted on its national debt. The size of the economy fell by more than a quarter. …


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There are three primary reasons why we find ourselves witnessing the tentative conception of a new political party.

Firstly, both the Labour and Conservative parties find themselves dominated by political views which sit outside their traditional mainstream. …


Once again, a result the country didn’t expect.

The headlines of what happened on Thursday are easy to discern.

Firstly, the country rejected Theresa May’s vision of a low-tax, small-state Hard Brexit Britain.

Secondly, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party saw its share of the vote rise by more than ten percentage points on the result of May 2015, just two years ago. This is a remarkable result, defying the expectations of the press, the pundits, and many of the the leadership’s own supporters.

Beyond that, what just happened and what it means is murky, and lies behind the headlines.

Before working out what the result means for Labour, we need to start with what happened. Who voted Labour and why? And — if you believe Labour should be a party of government — how far does that leave the party from power? …

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