31 December 2017

Free Exchange: Review of the year


This year may not have been a year of political earthquakes on the scale of 2016, but the last 12 months have contained more than their fair share of tumult. In Westminster, the idea of Prime Minister Corbyn started the year as a joke and ended as a very real possibility. In the United States, Donald Trump – the most volatile President in living memory – barely escaped the headlines, generating plenty of heat and not much light. Emmanuel Macron transformed French politics. And Brexit still means Brexit.

For the latest episode of Free Exchange, the CapX team attempts to make sense of a year that has been compelling and discombobulating in equal doses. Who were the biggest winners and losers of 2017? What was the big idea of the year? And what story surprised us the most?

Oliver Wiseman is Deputy Editor of CapX