Where next? A parcel of reading

As the political confusion from Brexit ebbs and flows between farce and apathy, resignation and sorrow (and let’s not even start on the really tragic news from Abroad), here is a selection of thoughtful writing that struck me in the recent debates:

This article trying to look at some of the lessons of political engagement to be learned from the result: http://rightsinfo.org/brexit-five-lessons/

to which I would add the dangers of, and misunderstanding about a referendum, which Mary Beard puts far more eloquently here: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/power-to-the-people-2/

a warning from Viktor Shklovsky (in 1917) explaining why there may well be little protest on any deal terms in two year’s time: “habitualisation devours works, clothes, furniture, one’s wife, and the fear of war”

and lastly Justine Greening on the replacement of political debate with marginalised marketing campaigns a la Saatchi and Saatchi (two weeks ago in the Evening Standard):

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