Harry Eyres: In 2006, you wrote an article for Resurgence in which you questioned the ‘taboo’ on speaking about beauty in politics; politicians seem to have an aversion to talking about beauty. Political discourse seems so functional.

Oliver Letwin: Yes, and arid! To a large extent, politics has been ensnared by statistics. What’s happening to employment, what’s happening to gross domestic product or what’s happening to our crime figures. This is what catches the attention of most media, and whilst it is, in part, a laudable effort to base political perceptions around objective reality, the problem ...


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