英国の次の一手

#BrummieRevolution (What’s the point of hashtag, I ask myself, when the concept is so obscure!)

The sage of Birmingham

英国新首相、テレサ・メイ女史の首席補佐官、ニック・ティモシー氏にスポットライトを当てたエコノミスト紙の記事。

Brexit後の英国の進む道を示唆している。またBrexit同様か、それ以上に重要な政策転進であった中国との蜜月を1年で終わらせたメイ新保守党政権の思想的バックボーンのありかといったところか。

The new prime minister’s speech to the Tory conference in October (in Birmingham, as it happens) should be a Chamberlainite symphony. Renewal, a think-tank founded in 2013 to promote working-class Toryism, is emerging as the new regime’s brains trust.

次の部分には大笑い。

Mr Timothy’s analysis of his party—that it can appear not to “give a toss about ordinary people”—is accurate. The Cameroons’ brand of modernisation owed too much to noblesse oblige, to a vision of society that treated the welfare state as the institutional equivalent of giving one’s gardener a Christmas bonus.

もっともチェンバレンが提唱した帝国主義の下における経済・関税政策が第一次世界大戦の原因だったことは覚えておいたほうがいい。下手に中国を追い詰めて、あとは対岸の火事...なんてことは御免ですぜ。

Twisting ARM

After Brexit, techxit?

Compared to certain smirky cynicism at the time of Nikkei’s takeover of FT, the British media is somewhat muted about this more significant sale from their collection of crown jewels.  I would blame it on the journalists’ myopic bias: the events in your own professional environment appear larger than its actual size.

It’s a Brexit bargain sold to the British public as a vote of confidence in the aftermath.

Hopefully, the political spin does not blind the newly formed government from the need to preserve the tech-nerds’ ecosystem and keep it safe from the mob rule.

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