An air of unreality hangs over this conference season. Inside dark and fetid halls parties will jockey for clear blue, yellow and red lines, berating one another over what may seem dangerously small differences when we look back on these times. Few may be alerted that the world stands on the verge of economic meltdown – unless they are reading the likes of Larry Elliott, Will Hutton, William Keegan and the FT\’s Martin Wolf. The abyss yawns – but the politics of narcissism sail on.
This is what politicians do, jockey for position over the unimportant things.
Which is why we don\’t want politicians running our lives: because they will jockey for position over the unimportant things.