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Британия En Marche?

ЛОНДОН – Мы живём в политически турбулентную эпоху. Партии, которым едва исполнился год, недавно пришли к власти во Франции и в огромном столичном округе Токио. Партия, которой нет и пяти лет, лидирует в рейтингах общественного мнения в Италии. В Белом доме поселился политический неофит (к глубокому неудовольствию истеблишмента республиканцев и демократов). Где же произойдёт следующее политическое землетрясение?  Вероятный – и, более того, необходимый – ответ: Великобритания.

Даже несмотря на то, что Британию ожидает встряска из-за Брексита, никто не начинает разговоров о перестройке (а тем более о замене) существующих политических партий. Многие отрицают даже мысли о подобном. Бывший премьер-министр Тони Блэр, проевропейский центрист, инноватор, который трижды побеждал на всеобщих выборах во главе Лейбористской партии в 1990-е годы, очень сильно постарался в своей недавней статье подчеркнуть, что не предлагает создать новую партию.

Но это именно то, что должен сделать Блэр или человек, ему подобный. Дело в том, что, хотя в британской политической системе действительно установлены пугающие барьеры на пути любой новой партии, шансы на её успех сейчас намного выше, чем в любой другой момент за последние 40 лет. В политической системе, которая до сих пор ощущает последствия двух больших землетрясений (референдум о Брексите в июне 2016 года и, год спустя, унизительная неудача Консервативной партии на выборах, которые она сама же и затеяла), у новичков явно есть шанс.

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