Opinion – Liberals still ignore the grievances of the ‘left behind’ – Nick Cohen – The Guardian

Here’s a thoughtful article from Nick Cohen in the Observer/Guardian, citing the analysis a Harvard scholar. When liberals were in power, they abused economic management and squandered on social policies – this includes the UK’s Labour Party and the Democratic Party in the US. Because of grievances, we have the populism of both the Far Left and the Far Right. Let’s face, the Labour Party is now more Far-Left than socialist and the Conservatives supporting Brexit have swung to Far Right politics. Populist parties ignore the truth – for them the end justifies the means. But surely there is no social and economic justification for liberals to champion the grievances of the ‘left-behind’? Meanwhile, conservatives argue that the left-behind are lazy and not prepared to chase opportunities. Being a one-nation conservative, I believe passionately in self-help, albeit with proper social safety nets for the genuinely needy. Surely, there’s a political imperative to remove laziness from post-Brexit Britain? In the great post-Brexit utopia, the right will expect inherited wealth to come to the rescue and the left will demand social handouts. Surely, governments of populist leaders of both left and right must  turn to revolution because the ‘end justifies the means’? Thoughts?

Opinion – Determining the worldwide prevalence of obesity – the Lancet

This Lancet article highlights how obesity is being understated throughout the developed world but even more significantly in the developing world. With under-reporting, we must expect policy-makers to be seriously behind the curve in terms of effective intervention. Consider America’s delayed recognition of the opioid crisis, well the obesity crisis is likely to dwarf opioids in terms of social and economic impact. Thoughts?