A short visit to Estonia, Finland and Lithuania demonstrates that mid-size places places with a sensible identity – whether Lithuania or Lombardy; Estonia or Extremadura; Greater Helsinki or Hesse – offer a type of “right” scale and potentially the right culture for being the major intermediary mediator of global and local challenges. They are likely to be far more effective than large nation states with their own exceptionalism of delusional global ambitions based on race and (in our case Etonian) entitlement.
The international success of Premier League clubs owes everything to openness and facing outwards within a European rules-based system – a lesson lost on little-England bitterness and hatred…
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.
I recently saw ‘Fighting with my family’ at the cinema and loved it. It is the enjoyable, uplifting story of how Saraya-Jade Bevis (professional name Paige) makes her personal journey from the fringes of Norwich life to become the youngest World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) ‘diva’ in the US, highly successful professional wrestler and business personality.
Brexit is a ‘coup’, a ‘virus’ and a ‘fiasco’ of an by a new type of advanced, relatively wealthy ‘failing state’. Kiribati provides a particularly poignant place from which to view it if it goes ahead on 29th March 2019.