A warm winter, relatively speaking. Populism is rife across Europe and the US, with little as yet to counter it. Feeding off that is a negativity to migration and to minorities, a sort of cultivated selfishness and a turning inwards, far too much like the worst of Brexit magnified. That disaster continues to loom large, though one continues to hope that we may yet avoid the more extreme versions predicted.

I note in late January that immigration is now identified as a red herring, since there is copious data that shows that migrants pay more in tax than others, work harder and generally contribute positively. The other points stand; Parliament is making little if any progress towards any result that history will judge well.

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