A vital quality at the heart of many dramas—fictional, sporting or political—is jeopardy. The audience takes sides between characters, teams or parties, and is kept in suspense for as long as possible as to the outcome. If we have a stake in the result, as fan or voter, the drama is intense. But if we know in advance whodunit or which side will win, the drama excites us less.
On that basis, we are in for a thrilling few weeks—and possibly months. This is in part because of the uncertainty of the immediate future—not least whether Boris Johnson…
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