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A Conservative win in the U.K. shows how the modern populist formula works. Americans beware.

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Freakonomics Radio

In 2016, David Cameron held a referendum on whether the U.K. should stay in the European Union. A longtime Euroskeptic, he nevertheless led the Remain campaign. So what did Cameron really want? We ask him that and much more — including why he left office as soon as his side lost and what he’d do differently if given another chance. (Hint: not much.)

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron at a Council Meeting at the Council of the EU on June 28, 2016 in Brussels.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron at a Council Meeting at the Council of the EU on June 28, 2016 in Brussels.
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Stephen J. Dubner: There’s research showing that happy endings are really powerful, that even a bad experience — like going to the dentist or having a colonoscopy — if the last couple minutes is somehow made more pleasant, people remember the entire term as being not so bad. It strikes me that you got that exactly backwards with your political career.


The December 12 election will determine whether Britain leaves the EU and how

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