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A Politics of Imperfection

The Anglo-American Tradition of Liberty: A View from Europe by Joao Carlos Espada Routledge, 2016, 212 pages, £95 ________________________________ Canvassing for Brexit on a bleak North Kensington housing estate in early June, it became quickly evident that my fellow volunteers were mainly self-employed small business people, sacrificing their time on what appeared to be a quixotic attempt to reclaim traditional British freedoms. Pundits from Gareth Evans to Niall Ferguson and Matthew Parris, together with media celebrities like Bob Geldof, deplored both the Brexiteers and the referendum result delivered on June 23. It illustrated, they alleged, a Little England mentality and…

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