Britain and Europe: The Long View

Short-termism! The pet hate of Francis and I couldn’t agree more. It seems to go with the neo-liberalism that is pervading the world. No politician seems to care about the long-term future, the country and those of us who are citizens and pay for the politicians to represent us. There will be a swing away from this in due course as citizens become more and more dissatisfied with lack or representation.

Francis Pryor - In the Long Run

Followers of this blog will know that one of my pet hates is the obsession modern politicians have with short-termism. And hence the name of this blog: In the Long Run. Over the past few months my posts have mostly been about my new books, our farm and our garden, with the occasional foray into reviews and the like. Meanwhile, out there in the supposedly real world of British politics, the EU In/Out Debate has become more shrill, personal, unpleasant and BORING! It has got so bad that whenever I hear that predicable, manufactured word ‘Brexit’, I turn the radio off. So why has it all gone so horribly wrong?

The Debate has lost its way quite simply because the journalists and politicians who populate the Westminster Bubble are only concerned with five-year parliaments and anything more distant than the next, or indeed the last election, is irrelevant. But…

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