Three years ago I wrote The Courageous State in which I described the current state of politics in the UK as The Cowardly State. We had, I argued, governments who ran away from their responsibilities. Now we have headlines making clear that this is what people think the UK is doing.
The confidence of the Scots to challenge for independence is at least in pat based on a lack of confidence in what the UK has to offer and a belief that they can build a better country for themselves.
And the UK so lacks confidence in itself it wants to run away from Europe. What is extraordinary about the whole EU exit lobby is not its positive vision – because it is hard to find one, but its negativity.
Desiring to have the power of decision making in Westminster rather than Brussels is a sign of a Cowardly State now, is it?
And black is white and we get ourselves killed on the next zebra crossing…..