Two Depressing Thoughts

by Elias Blum

Thought One.

The sad thing is that if we want human civilisation to survive for another few generations, we really should be working on resilience to climate change, reversing the decline of bee populations, tackling antibiotic resistance, and cleaning up all the nuclear mess we have so recklessly made. That means, amongst other things, a massive change to our food chain and agricultural practices, a change to how we do and fund research, and willingness to put curating the earth above neo-liberal models of growth. But instead, we have to deal with bonkers Brexiters who want to take us back to the 19th century and mad Mullahs who want to take us back to the 7th.

Thought Two.

You know what I’d like to see: I’d like to see a decent, moderate, centrist Tory (such creatures must exist, surely) come out and say, ‘Brexit was a serious mistake. More than that, it was a gross failure of leadership. If Britain has a future at all, it is a European future. I’m challenging Theresa May for the Tory leadership, and I’m willing to form a Grand Coalition with remainers of all parties to campaign for Britain remaining in the EU in a general election. Oh, and while I’m at it, we need a massive rethinking of how the UK works and what got us into this mess in the first place, starting with a Constitutional Convention with a view to establishing, inter alia, an English Parliament.’ But is is not going to happen.