Finished reading

Finished reading: How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship by Ece Temelkuran 📚

How to Lose a Country is an impassioned plea, a warning to the world that populism and nationalism don’t march fully-formed into government; they creep. There’s a lot about post-Brexit England that I recognised in the book that should concern us all.

As one of the panellists, I smiled bitterly as I thought about how all these brilliant journalists were yet to suffer the despair of realising that their tactics were akin to playing chess against a pigeon, as someone once described debating evolution with a creationist: the pigeon will just knock over all the pieces and shit on the board, then depart, proudly claiming victory and leaving the mess behind for you to clean up.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville had a message for politicians of all stripes: “The standards of leaders in this country in the last couple years has been poor. And looking at that man there that’s everything a leader should be: respectful, humble, telling the truth”.