The purpose of a system is what it does – not what constantly fails to do.

Tim Watkins latest piece concludes that:

“If you and I are forced to go hungry and cold this winter it is not because we have an energy crisis, it is simply that the neoliberal system – which includes such utilities as energy, water, and the fair distribution of wealth – is doing what it was set up to achieve… the enrichment of the technocratic few at huge and enduring cost to the people...”

It is one of his best pieces.

There is, of course, no way that the UK political or technocratic systems will disassemble themselves.

However. The economy is shrinking and it seems to me that the top-down systems Tim refers to are also shrinking.  Despite their belief in future growth, propped up by unending borrowing.

They are being replaced naturally – not planned, in other words – by the growth of the bottom-up grass-roots doings of individuals and extended families.

None of which is political. It is a statement of facts yet to be admitted by the establishment. For obvious reasons.

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