Running to stand still: a brief political analogy

Yesterday morning, the clock radio was broken because we’d spilled water on it. In the evening, a bolt fell out of the bed, and we noticed that the whole bed was in danger of collapse.

During the day, I dried out the clock radio and it began working fine again. I also stripped down the bed, refitted the bolt and tightened the others, so the bed is structurally sound again. And we won’t keep a glass of water right near the radio again either.

So somehow this felt like a productive day, and in one sense it was. By prompt action I had saved myself a certain amount of expense and danger.

In another sense, I was in fact right back where I thought I had been the day before.

I will feel similar, on a much more serious scale if, by the end of the year, the UK remains in the EU and Donald Trump is not President of the USA. Surprising danger and expense avoided. Things much as I thought they were before, with perhaps some resulting improvement in underlying structures.

Right now, things feel ricketty.

Oh, and UK people who haven’t already, please register to vote today!

 

About Jon Butterworth

UCL Physics prof, works on LHC, writes (books, Guardian Science and elsewhere). Citizen of England, UK, Europe & Nowhere, apparently.
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