Escaping the politics of an era long gone

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It is possible that this will be just another normal Monday. But I doubt it.

The Labour Party is at war with itself, or rather its membership, in Brighton, struggling in the process to find both its own democratic processes and policy.

Boris Johnson is in the USA to discuss climate change. He has announced a paltry new commitment of £1.2 billion, which is maybe one-fortieth of what is required. As token gestures go that is on the pathetic scale, and worthy of derision.

The Supreme Court might rule. And the longer it takes to do so the more likely it is that it will deliver a judgement saying Boris Johnson acted illegally. After all, if it was going to say that his actions were acceptable it would have taken very little time to do so.

And in between all that Julia Hartley Brewer will, no doubt, continue to publish the home addresses of those who are subject to death threats, as she has done in the case of Jolyon Maugham.

The four issues do, of course, have something in common. They are all about breakdown in the accepted order. Labour is unable to find a modus operandi that might deliver a viable social democratic agenda when confronted by those dedicated to a materialist politics from an era long gone. Boris Johnson is in denial of expert opinion, as is now common amongst those dedicated to the materialist economics from an era long gone. The Supreme Court is having to consider the use of the Royal prerogative, based on the deference to power of an era long gone. Whilst we have to witness the public endorsement of threatening behaviour that should, but does not, belong to an era long gone.

The commonality is simple: as yet what we cannot escape from the past of what we were. All I can say is that unless we do the crisis that we face is almost insurmountable: global and cannot be tackled using the politics of an era long gone.