Ushuaia at ‘the end of the world’ and Puerto Vallarta striving to be ‘the world’s friendliest city’ show that even in the most challenging of circumstances places can offer positive global and local visions. As Brexit and its advocates destroy the country formerly known as UK (FKaUK) ambitious, progressive places need to apply and adopt some of the magic from Latin America to shape a better world and their place within it…
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.
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.
It really gives me no pleasure to say I called it right – but, looking back on the trio of EU referendum blogs, the basic premises were confirmed overnight on the 23rd/24th. The referendum was an absurd exercise for answering questions about the UKs future relationship with the EU. Cameron is a fatally flawed individual