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The Spectator podcast: May’s third way

On this week’s Spectator podcast, we discuss Theresa May’s Third Way, whether we could have an Uber for social care, and look at Mies van der Rohe’s unrealised plans for a Mansion House skyscraper.

On the cover of this week’s magazine, Theresa May plots a course through the twin perils of Scylla and Charybdis, as she creates a new centreground between nationalism and globalism. So says James Forsyth, who writes this week on the new binary that has emerged in international politics. James is joined to discuss this on the podcast by Spectator editor Fraser Nelson.

On the emergent dichotomy, James writes that:

“Forget left and right — the new divide in politics is between nationalists and globalists. Donald Trump’s team believe that he won because he was the America First candidate, defying the old rules of politics. His nationalist rhetoric on everything from trade to global security enabled him to flip traditionally Democratic, blue-collar states and so to defeat that personification of the post-war global order, Hillary Clinton.”

Fraser agrees, telling the podcast that:

“A couple of months ago, Harvard University academics came out with quite a good study, tracking political voting for the last two or three decades, and they found the left and right axis had diminished, almost to the point of being meaningless. James’s language – nationalist versus globalist – does kind of sum it up. You can plot a lot of people on this path.”

Next, we turn our attention to the crisis in social care which is falling on Britain’s elderly, just as increasing life expectancies swell that demographic. In the magazine this weekMary Dejevsky writes about the difficulties that she has had in finding affordable care for her husband, who has Parkinson’s, when she is called away from their home for more than a couple of days.

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