At The Financial Times: Janan Ganesh, Europe and the Conservatives: a comment by Politcal Observer

Gone are the beguiling aphorisms of Mr. Ganesh’s tribute to Lynton Crosby of December 28,2015.

The politics of a special kind of fear, except for the maladroit dismissal of Jeremy Corbyn as politically inconceivable- how a variety of inevitable triumphalism is foundational to the Ganesh act of political clairvoyance. But to finish my thought, Mr. Ganesh’s blindness to the rise of Mr. Corbyn, or someone like him, to avoid erecting a cult of personality, in the face of the utter political/economic catastrophe of the Neo-Liberal Experiment is empirically evident, to all but our writer.

Mr. Ganesh, in this essay,  is all nuts and bolts of the savvy political operative, in the mold of Karl Rove: Mr. Crosby being his clone. Reading Mr. Ganesh’s essay the attentive reader still finds a limited number of apothegms/aphorisms that provide a kind of literary solace.

‘The ancients believed that forecasts were an affront to the gods. But we are impudent post-moderns now: we can venture a speculative account of Britain in 2016.’

‘A good clairvoyant must also foresee that which does not happen. Non-events can be as shocking as events, and one stands out this year.’

‘Causing mayhem out of pique at the result is a political dead end.’

Political Observer

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