2016: End of an Era


With Obama a month away from handing over the White House, with Labour in the UK looking unelectable, with EU socialists still in shock about Brexit and France looking like it’s heading into Thatcherite hands under François Fillon next year, the Progressives (the stolen word variety) look like a spent force.

As a student of history I know that the great watersheds in politics are documented by those in or near to the core. However it’s the secondary and tertiary sources – in particular the animadversions of the public – which often demarcate periods in history and herald seismic shifts in power.

One such public source was revealed this week, I believe, by a letter writer to the Financial Times, called Keith Craig.

Keith’s letter is laid out below:


“At best dubious, at worst delusional”… the navel-gazing has already begun in earnest.

Is this 1979 all over again? It would seem the “rude and licentious electorates” are banking on it. As the world is in quite a mess. And something must be done about it.

The era of Blair, Obama, Hollande, Merkel, Renzi and Juncker is one we will look back on as one that started hopefully, ended abruptly and – against a backcloth of economic crisis, terrorism, restrictive political correctness and mass migration – sent socialist and progressive ideas into a tailspin from which, like Hilary Clinton, they will perhaps never recover.

Thank you, Mr Craig.

You summed things up beautifully.

James Townsend is a Guest Writer for Country Squire Magazine