Monday, April 24, 2017

Dare we hope?

The French voters have set up a deuxième tour which will have consequences for all of us who call Europe home, even for the Brits for whom there is no Macron offering a glimmer of hope.

William Keegan in The Observer
"Not to put too fine a point on it, Theresa May has called this election to get it out of the way before enough people wake up to how catastrophic Brexit is going to be. [...] At a time when this country has a surfeit of economic problems – for example, the pressure on the health service and social care, the savage cuts to the budgets of state schools, and the rise in crime associated pretty obviously with cuts to the police force – the last thing we need is Brexit on top of a misconceived austerity programme."

I think that, however various elections turn out, it will be hugely important that grass roots movements seize the opportunities that widespread anti-establishmentarianism is offering. 

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