…only technique you have is saying black is white, and the only defence you have left is the left, that’s probably a sign it’s over.

Last bonfire night I spent the evening discussing the Berlin Wall, with the father of my daughter’s best friend. He had attended an occupation a year before it happened, in Bulgaria. One of his abiding feelings was disaffection with the equivalent of the left, in similar ways I have found, but his real abiding memory is this. He says at the time of the Occupation, noone knew. No-one knew it was possible that it could end and there was just absolute denial from the establishment, even when it was ridiculous. And then it did.

There is a precedent in history. A long one. Not just in that part of the world. The Putney Debates, flawed as they were….a bloody good read.

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