An article and a lecture from Fintain O'Toole. Both WS.
Brexit is “no longer a credible national project,” said writer and commentator Fintan O’Toole at the TASC annual lecture 2017. The more it recedes as a practical proposition, the more its focus will shift into blame and betrayal, he claimed.
England is going to have find its own version of a nationalism that expresses its best, not its worst, traditions, O’Toole said. “It was not inevitable that the desire to restate English sovereignty would be channeled into chauvinism, anti-immigrant sentiment, and a misplaced conviction that if you share sovereignty in a complex arrangement like the EU, you lose it,” he stated.
However, there is a great deal that Europe can do, O’Toole said. “It can urgently recreate a European narrative of equality, dignity and protection.
“There is no Europe that is not social Europe – if the European project is not animated by the urgent imperative of social justice, it will die. And there is no democracy if it is not social democracy. Democracy cannot withstand for very long the inequality, insecurity and indignity that are produced by neoliberal globalisation.”