And yes, it was Oakeshott who originated the Cameron/pig rumour. Which I'm sure we all *wanted* to be true, at the time, but...
Staff shortages, whether due to Brexit or Covid, are now endemic and are contributing to a metaphorical rottenness in which quite basic things are becoming difficult or impossible to do. They are part of the reason for the crisis in the NHS, to take the most high-profile example. But it is the same across the board. There aren’t enough border agency staff, there aren’t enough staff to run buses or to serve meals in restaurants or to construct buildings. Nor has the HGV driver shortage, so much in the news last year, gone away. It would be possible to provide any number of examples, but almost everyone is surely now beginning to notice how many of the things we used to take for granted just don’t work properly any more. Raising wages isn’t the answer: it may pull staff into one sector, but only at the expense of another, and in the absence of productivity increases it only creates inflation which more than negates the wages rises anyway.
Some of the Brexit lot will be feeling vindicated.
The European Union can no longer afford to keep national vetoes when deciding on European Union foreign and security policy if it wants to maintain a leading role in global politics, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said.www.reuters.com
Well this a turn-up for the books:I am worried about what will happen to people in Hungary and Poland, because my politics are genuinely internationalist and are not based on a narrow caricature of continental urban sophistication like the EU flag wavers you see at protests. The EU and the UK government do not appear to be worried about these people. So in my view it is a problem that is connected to Brexit (both are symptoms of economic decline) but also distinct from it (neither the EU or the UK govt appear to give a shit about gay people in Hungary).