From Paul Mason on the current scurry to come up with ideas … or something:
So why is the thinking beginning to change?
One of the most brilliant observations in Alistair Cookes memoir Six Men concerns the difference he observed in Edward VIIIs mien, with and without access to intelligence briefing.
Cooke wrote:”Daily possession of the papers is, in fact, the main and most deceptive perquisite of high office”. Cooke A, Six Men, 1977Without them, Edward would fume as they hustled him onto a plane at the outbreak of war: “We know damn all about what is happening.”
That is the situation for most of us today. I interpret the sudden flurry of blue skies thinking as a sign that those who do get “daily possession of the papers” are bracing themselves for more trouble in the autumn – banking trouble, real-economy downturn trouble and political protest trouble.