I should be working, but the world is so fascinating just now, that the internet keeps calling me back.
Here is a discussion between three luminaries of the establishment about the UK election, recorded just a day or so after the poll. Roger Cohen of the New York Times, and GIllian Tett of The Financial Times, recoil in shock and pessimism over the result.
Best passage: Cohen says,
There was a lot of idealism about Corbyn. I mean, we with our experience of the 20th century and what Marxism and socialism, extreme socialism produce may find that strange. But I think you have to respect this idealism of the young people and, you know, when you think that all these old people with 10 years to live on the actuarial tables voted Britain out of the European Union and thereby condemned people with 70 years to live to accept a Britain that they don’t want, I think that was terrible.
I hate to say this, but I think the PM may have been right all along: this election was about Brexit, just not in the way she hoped. At the march on Saturday, there were a lot of EU flags, and for a munber of people I spoke to, the argument is not over about whether to try to stay in the Union. On Quora, yesterday, I posted this response to a pretty loaded question about it.
I realise that I haven’t got my thoughts completely clear about this issue. I have been trying to be a gracious loser, and to avoid it being a topic in which we would get bogged down, when I think the first issue is to establish a fair, rational and honest government for this country. Today I watched a recent Channel 4 interview with Slavoj Žižek and, amid the characteristic noise, he had some pretty interesting things to say about Europe. If you have 45 minutes, I recommend watching it.