Visits to Sofia, Bucharest, Bratislava, and then Westerngrund, Spessart-Mainland in North West Bavaria – the geographical centre of the EU28 – largely confirms observations from the tour’s first stage earlier this month. A better future should comprise continental-scale, enabling political unions, of highly distinctive small and mid-size nations and regions, sharing global visions and values. The EU, warts and all, is currently the leading exemplar of this type of approach. It has enough positive work-in-progress upon which to build – if its globally pretentious larger members can shrug off exceptionalism and behave with some degree of generosity and humility. The UK is currently totally incapable of this – hence the requirement for FK(a)UK’s hara-kiri.
The local government elections 2019 tells us relatively little about Brexit – but everything about the serial liars now leading England’s two major political parties and the ongoing death of UK representative democracy.
100 days from the probable disgrace of leaving the EU, how May and Corbyn have colluded in the further destruction of what was once a functioning UK democracy
Probably the least convincing part of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’ is the denouement. Lindbergh’s widow appeals for a turn away from KKK-led violence; Roosevelt is reelected; equilibrium (and the ‘American way’) is restored. In the epilogue, it is explained quite plausibly that it was a Nazi plot all along. I await Mrs Trump’s corresponding