COMMENT: Teasing a storm [Martin Meenagh]

In Britain, a general election is going on. This competition has the flavour of a sort of superior audition for regional manager of a delusional homecare store, set around with shoplifters, in front of customers who have not had the kitchens they ordered flat-packed several years ago. The mood is resigned, bored and indifferent. Members of the media class are talking witlessly to each other, as usual, and, where anyone has any economic perspective at all, people are declaring as in a dream that the economy is located in some sluggish twilight recovery in which, occasionally, claims emerge that halving the deficit or lowering the size of government here or there will do anything about the debt crisis that is gathering.

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