I fear for britain, at a time when its sustained ability to punch above its weight, economically and diplomatically, is finally ebbing. With the end of irrational exuberance, the country found itself in an especially difficult position, when the need is to eat a slice of humble pie and be fleet-footed in recognising that many of the pillars its strengths were built on have collapsed. The need was to recognise other supports and partners and embrace them. Instead, the country went in exactly the other direction. Not good.

what the papers say

It was a good week for manchester, with a supplement in the times ("its all happening in manchester, the world's most progressive city ?"), a front page piece in the financial times ("manchester outstrips london as vibrant place to live"), and another glossy pumped out, in which I majored (p29) on high speed 2 and skills, "a huge and fundamental problem" caused at least in part by a ridiculous degree of centralisation, as the economist too noted. Everything but a beach.

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