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Who are we as a nation as the year draws to a close?
From the Cambridge Analytica revelations to the Trump baby balloon to the Windrush scandal, it’s been another year of tumultuous news and turbulent politics.
Alongside a Brexit process plagued by deadlocks, defeats, and resignations, the big moments of the year – from the Irish abortion referendum to Labour’s antisemitism row – have revealed deep divisions in our society and our politics. How can we understand the stories that have dominated this year’s headlines in the context of such polarisation? What do identity politics have to do with it? And are we really descending into ‘culture wars’?
As 2018 comes to an end, we gather a panel of expert commentators to reflect on the world-shaping headlines that have defined this extraordinary year.