By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
I recently got round to reading Francis Fukuyama’s famous book The End of History and the Last Man. As well as heralding the triumph of liberal democracy, he explains that a snake will always lurk in the garden, for human nature is not entirely won over by the gospel of equality. He introduces us to the term megalothymia, the desire to distinguish oneself from the rest, be the best. It’s expressed in capitalism, sport and other cultural pursuits.
By being the Free Spirit who defies Establishment Man, the former Mayor of London has today stolen the show.
Watch for a pre-referendum announcement of enquiry of one kind or another into the “Battle of Orgreave” during the miners’ strike.
Earlier this week, Boris Johnson said that David Cameron has contributed to a corrosion of trust in democracy. He pointed to broken targets on immigration – promises made by successive governments in the knowledge that they could not meet them and probably never intended to. This is the behaviour of a political class that does not trust people with facts. It will take proper debate to break their silence.
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