So while there is no political vacuum in the posh suburbs of Edinburgh, or among the elderly, there is a pretty clear one among Scotland’s youth. The same political vacuum exists in English and Welsh cities, and is very clear across southern Europe. It is born not just of economic hardship but the absence of any coherent narrative, or alternative, to the narrow range of possibilities on offer.
Britain is a deeply anti-democratic state. Its institutions have been revealed as dysfunctional at best, and institutionally corrupt at worst. Economically it is in terminal decline, it has no future. It no longer has any moral purpose, no idea of what it should be doing; it has lost all sense of what a good society looks like.
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