The failure of The Financial Times and its writers/editorialists is that of simple honesty. Globalisation is not the problem, the problem can be defined as the Failure of the Neo-Liberalism, given political legitimacy by the rise of Thatcher and Reagan, and its collapse in 2008. And the failure of the much-touted notion of the Self-correcting Market, that was the purest of theological fiction. The rise of the dread Populists of both ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ are the specters that haunt the political imaginations of said writers/editorialists. But the winners are on the ‘Right’, as object lesson for the ‘Left’?
The ‘hard centre’, and the assertion that ‘What politics needs is the optimism of a muscular centre.’ Is this master idea a prelude to the revived political career of Tony Blair? Is he the paradigmatic figure, who will galvanize the political drift of the post-Brexit era? The many question raised by Mr. Phillips’ rhetorical intervention, in the mind of the reader, seem to remain in a kind of hopeful stasis? Awaiting the arrival of Mr. Blair in his latest political incarnation?