Philip Stephens is not my favourite FT commentator. But as the trailer for his article this morning says:
For outsiders looking in on the crises facing Europe and the US, this is about more than economics – they see a failure of democracy
And as he concludes:
[T]he west still has a choice. Accelerating decline is an option, but not a certainty. Political leaders hold it within their power to fix things.
He's right - but I'm not going to miss the chance to say that's true only if we create Courageous States.
Talking of which - it's head down again in writing again today.