Kudos to whoever wrote this headline, in the Times Literary Supplement.
It also contains the most subtly double-edged disclaimers I’ve ever read, by reviewer James O’Brien about one of the authors under review:
‘To declare an interest, we once shared desk space on the Daily Express, but he gave little indication then of possessing the powers of diplomacy and affability necessary to enjoy the trust of all the furiously warring factions within both sides of two even more furiously warring armies.’
Can’t muster much m0re than bewilderment and concern on this. I could see the appeal of the vote to leave – in fact I thought the Brits would vote to leave, and was rash enough to post this on the Twitter before the vote.
It seemed to me that if the polls were that close the Brexit-eers would get over the line – that there would be a similar ‘shy Tory’ effect seen in the UK polls at their last general election.
I don’t like the appeal to naked racism the Brexiteers engaged in. I think you could make an economic and political argument for exit without going there – in fact I think the case for leaving, if this were a more normal time globally, is stronger than Remain, without raising the flag of xenophobia or racism..
But the timing of this is all wrong. This is going to be destabilising at a time not just the UK but the world economy doesn’t need any more destabilising influences.
If I’d been in the UK, I’d have voted remain for that reason. It would have been a reluctant vote, a very reluctant one.
Anyway, here’s the Psychedelic Furs’ “Sister Europe”. Seems apt.
Buy a car and watch it rust
Sister see them fall to dust
They fall around
In another crowded room
Paint me like the shirt I’m in