Thanks for taking the time to reply.
My first thought is that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to file what I wrote under the category of ‘pretending it’s all for our children’s children’s children’s children who’ll have to face it’ — since pretty much the first point I make is that this…
I guess you’re right that next time they will take the prospect of Corbyn as PM utterly seriously, whereas this time they didn’t. I just don’t know whether they have more tricks up their sleeve?
The generational aspect seems key—the influence of the newspapers and even the BBC on folks your age and younger is waning, due to…
Indeed! There’s so much more needs saying here. I’m thinking of doing a weekly set of posts, following on from this and looking at different aspects of what’s been revealed by this election (and developments elsewhere). But yeah, that conversation I had in Prague was sobering about the gaps between the hopes of 1989 and what came afterwards.
Thanks, Alex. I might push it a little further, in this case, and say that by focusing on ‘extreme capitalism’, umair haque is avoiding a more rigorous discussion about neoliberalism. But yes, I agree with everything you say here.
Hej Andreas! Förlåt för ett sent svar — härligt att du vill vidarepublicera artikeln! Du får gärna göra det. (Vi borde kanske försöka översätta den någon gång, men jag har lite annat på mitt skrivbord innan jag kan tänka mig att börja med det… ;-)
Hi Dan! Just catching up on things post-Christmas and came to your reply. I’m glad to hear the ‘three languages’ model helps clarify some things about your role. If you’re in a position where you know the codes of the upward language in a particular area, it’s likely that you can be a lot of help to people who are doing good work but don’t know how…
Up to a point, Umair.
Sweden does, on the other hand, have ‘for profit’ schools (using what is effectively a voucher system) which are proving pretty disastrous.
And the story that goes around periodically about how Sweden is introducing a six-hour working day? That’s been trialled in precisely three…
Very nice to hear from you — and I’m delighted that the diagram was helpful in making sense of where you’re at. In my experience, successful projects usually require an alliance between people who are at home in different languages, combined with a shared commitment to the thing that matters about the project.