A fascinating interview with you at the Economist! But the questioner Anne McElvoy gets it right when she calls your politics almost oligarchic.  Too close for comfort? Like Lippmann, in the American context, and his epigones, at least in this, express a contempt for too much Democracy. The Democracy envisioned was one in which the technocrats/think tank partisans will blunt the force of too much Democracy, because these technocrats will be given plenty of media time to make their case. You echo the Party Line at The Financial Times of The Rebellion Against The Elites. Read Janan Genesh’s latest essay ,where he acts the part of Robespierre to the unredeemable Labour Party:


The question occurs: What did you expect the the opposition to be like after the failed Neo-Liberalism of both Thatcher and Blair?  Another sedate Oxbridger tailored by Gieves & Hawkes?

Old Socialist


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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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