Power and petitions
Political power struggles and fraught European politics are par for the course in modern times. This week, one power struggle has concluded, and another European political contest has been played out. The former was of course the climax to Game of Thrones. To avoid spoilers, let’s just say that that it ran true to its unpredictable course… The latter was the Eurovision Song Contest, won this year by the Netherlands with the UK in last place. What can we learn from these events? The first is that you can’t please everyone. 1.3 million people have signed a petition to have the last series of Game of Thrones recut (only 116,000 for Star Wars: The Last Jedi but 6 million for Brexit). The second is that our optimism about success in the UK is not always matched by our performance. As Ramsay Bolton said, ‘If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention’. On a positive note, I’m reliably informed that the chances of the UK winning the UEFA Champions League final next week are significant higher.