What do you envision to be the role of non-partisanship and centrism in policy today? Are these distinct?The following essay is the winning submission by Haley Rice for the Lord Wilson Essay Prize.
The “missing middle” has been a popular term for a decade now, bemoaning the lack of centrist parties or moderate candidates first in America , and later in the UK . With record levels of political partisanship and animosity in America , and rumours swirling of a new centrist party to replace the lacklustre Liberal Democrats in the UK , perhaps now is the time to ask: in an increasingly polarized world, what is the role of non-partisanship and centrism in policy? What do we risk when these concepts lose ground?