On the surface, whilst lacking entirely of grace, it is a cordial and diplomatic statement of intent, but it is impossible for the reader to fail to notice the subtle belligerence of its tone and the fact that it is quite a petulant attempt at blackmail.
However cringe-worthy all of this is, at some point we have to make our peace with it. Black Friday and the whole stinking mess that is Christmas is, after all, the logical end of a uniquely modern way of thinking.
May’s Brexit offensive is a zero-sum game. Sturgeon’s government requires one of two things; Independence or a deal for Scotland that protects the rights of EU nationals living in Scotland and access to the free market – neither of which, as far as May is concerned, are on the table.
Two years later and it would seem to be the case that Scotland has experienced an economic miracle without anyone noticing. Scotland, it would appear from reading the British media, is more than capable of either carving out an agreement by which we can remain in both unions or going it alone.
Conventional wisdom has somehow imparted upon us the belief that Europe is different, economically speaking, to the United States. The prevailing opinion is that on this side of the Atlantic we are more socially democratic and less cut-throat in our use of Capitalism.
Capitalism and Neoliberalism are in many respects similar economic ideologies, but as socio-political realities they are very different beasts. Even the way in which we speak of them indicates that there is something of a difference between the two.
From the time of Reagan and Thatcher, right across the West, the rich became the super-rich, and over the face of the global economy an oligarchy was created.
Greater flexibility in labour recruitment allows investors and business owners to make more money by paying workers less. It doesn’t take an economist then to see that this isn’t good for people who have to work for a living.