David Goodhart’s bestselling book is a robust and timely investigation into the political and moral fault-lines that divide Brexit Britain and how a new settlement may be achieved.
Several decades of greater economic and cultural openness in the West have not benefited all our citizens. Among those who have been left behind, a populist politics of culture and identity has successfully challenged the traditional politics of Left and Right, creating a new division: between the mobile ‘achieved’ identity of the people from Anywhere, and the marginalised, roots-based identity of the people from Somewhere. This schism accounts for the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump, the decline of the centre-left, and the rise of populism across Europe. David Goodhart’s compelling investigation of the new global politics reveals how the Somewhere backlash is a democratic response to the dominance of Anywhere interests, in everything from mass higher education to mass immigration.
From the reviews:
‘Goodhart offers an impeccably sensible and decent exposition of how the political elites have failed their societies … The book makes compelling reading both for voters and those who want to get elected by them.’ — Max Hastings, The Sunday Times
‘[Goodhart] has written a book that is thoughtful, well argued and dangerously moderate. It may even be an incitement to independent thinking.’ — Robbie Millen, The Times
‘[A] provocative take on the UK’s new tribal divisions … And it broadly works … The Road to Somewhere has the feel of a book whose timing … is pitch-perfect.’ — Andrew Marr, New Statesman
‘Goodhart’s exploration of this underlying divide — and the question of what might be done — is not only timely but also offers an accessible, evidence-based and direct account of how these conflicts are reshaping the political world around us.’ — Matthew Goodwin, Financial Times
‘Whatever other objections Goodhart’s new book might provoke, few could call it irrelevant or untimely … he returns to this most vexed terrain, picking his way through nettles and thorns that might deter thinner-skinned writers.’ —Jonathan Freedland, Guardian
‘Goodhart has clarity of argument and courage. He has been making these points for a decade and urging the mainstream to engage with them. He does not do fads.’ — The Observer
‘[Goodhart] has written what may turn out to be the most sympathetic and insightful book about Britain’s discontented masses.’ — Toby Young, The Spectator
‘Mr Goodhart’s book seems likely to inform the debate on what post-Brexit Britain should look like.’ — The Economist
‘This meticulously researched book … enables us to imagine Brexit as a moment that could just prove to be the start of a national renewal.’ —Maurice Glasman, Prospect