Lesley Riddoch: More unintended results – this week’s podcast

“It’s like the flailing last gasp – something – of people who are at the end of their tether, and I’ve got to say, the few times I’ve been down the road, I’ve come back, you know, for the last couple of years really, thinking – pff! – that would actually do my head in, really, living in England, because it’s like being in a canal trying to get out: there’s no sides, you can’t get out. You’re stuck in this not very pleasant debate that has not really got any fundamental structural ideas about how to fix the economy or fix life for people, that’s full of competitive arrangements, where devolution happens for you in one town, not for you in another because you didn’t get a deal – a deal! on democracy! Even the language that’s permeated the way people have to speak about themselves: three star – hospitals? – I mean, you know, it’s kind of it feels like it’s too late. Because the drip, drip of this insidious Thatcherism that never left – it never really grounded in Scotland the same way, so we don’t really notice it, but if you go South of the border, of if you’ve got a relation that’s been through the health service in London or anywhere, and you listen aghast at the detail of non-functionalness – and you somehow can’t believe it’s that bad, but it is that bad. And if you were living in the middle of it, I guess it might be possible to believe it’s all the immigrants’ fault. Why the heck you don’t turn at the structure of Westminster, and begin to have some more developed thought about the way your democracy works being at the fundament of the whole thing, I don’t know, but that too seems to be a failure of the British political classes.”

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