He might be you know:
Let me be clear, a desire for material well being is natural. But it is not without limit. Only advertising has created that belief.
Oddly that’s not entirely true. We do know that people do not try to maximise their material well being. They attempt to maximise their utility (this is definitional, whatever Ritchie’s protestations to the contrary). However, we’ve not actually, as yet at least, seen any limit to the level of material well being that people desire. Yes, utility implies that the material stuff isn’t everything: but we’ve not found any level of income or consumption where people say they don’t want more of that at all. Sure, perhaps greater wealth will be partially, then in greater proportion, consumed as leisure for example. But that peak materiality, if it even does exist, hasn’t been spotted yet.
But to the more fun part:
I reject that politics.
The fact that it has been the prevailing offering of all the major parties is precisely why, I think, most people deep down know that a great deal of politics – just like too much of the advertising nonsense that is thrown at them daily – does not relate to the world they live in.
We need a politics that speaks to the hopes of the whole person. Rather is the SNP is, like it or not.
That’s fairly naked, isn’t it? Given the election results the SNP will indeed have a handful or more of working peerages to sling about. And that’s a reasonably clear “Nicola, pick me! MEEEE! I will be your Glasman!”
He seems to have missed out that as he’s not a demented porridge wog he’s not going to get one: a couple of trips north of the border pre-election ain’t gonna wash away that original sin.
Yep, he is:
Maybe because I have never felt English (I have Irish and British passports) and maybe because I do genuinely think Scotland is entirely entitled to its view, and maybe because I greatly admire the energy in Scottish politics, and maybe because I do think Nicola Sturgeon an honest and capable politician, and maybe because I believe that the Union we have is based on equality, and maybe because I cannot discriminate on such bases as those I was with were doing I was saddened by last night.