politics #

So lead already

Now the UK needs leaders

Britain's Dirty Election

Op- Ed in the New York Times: A serial liar. A campaign of online disinformation. The risk of foreign meddling. Sound familiar?

Fire safety and the de-skilling of the state

Pointer to article that highlights the link between lower fire safety and historic changes to the systems of governance in the UK

A Lesson From History?

Several commentators, dismayed at the recent antics of the Brexit party MEPs, have been tweeting variants of a quote from Josef Goebbels in the Nazi paper Der Angriff 1 : We enter the Reichstag to arm ourselves with democracy’s weapons. If democracy is foolish enough to give us free railway passes and salaries, that is its problem. It does not concern us. Any way of bringing about the revolution is fine by us.

Cultural Dementia

I have just finished reading Cultural Dementia by Prof. David Andress. The book both places current populism (in the UK, USA and France) in an historical context, and highlights the distorted and partial view of national history peddled by such as the Trumpists, the Front National, and the Brexit Party and their allies.. In Andress’s own words: “The demands of contemporary ‘populist’ movements make manifest a vision of the past that is the opposite of a coherent history.