Monday, 24 April 2017

Finally politics is about things that matter


Thank goodness politics is now about important things like national identity, instead of tedious arguments about the economy.

Politics didn't become about economics until after 1945, when material considerations and welfare took the place of God and the nation. Politics used to be about interesting things, like Welsh Church Disestablishment.

Robert Tombs, who supervised me, said in his much praised book The English and Their History (I must read it) that after 1688 'politics was a branch of religion, rather as 21st-century politics is a branch of economics'.

It is now no longer only about economics.

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