George and Polly being sensible on the same day? So when do the cats start lying down with the dogs? Where are the rains of blood?
Miliband\’s Oxford lecture will be a resounding refutation of this, and a restatement of universal values. But he avoids Blairite hubris and triumphalism. Although he is "unapologetic about a mission to help democracy spread", he also stresses the "need to be cautious about our capacity to change the world", emphasising the power of international institutions – the international criminal court, the World Trade Organisation, the EU, the UN – to build the culture of democracy. "Democracy can and will take root in all societies".
Worth a slight cavil that though: when are we going to get democracy in the EU? Like, umm, a vote on it? There\’s much Churchillian "democracy is the least bad" floating around and Polly\’s right here:
They were driven by the universal desire to chose their own rulers, however difficult and dangerous the road to democracy.
The true meaning of "choose" being the ability to throw the bastards out. And that isn\’t something we can do with the EU, so it ain\’t democratic, is it?