Monday, May 15, 2006
Banana Republic of the Day: Britain
... [T]hrough all these very different problems a thread does seem to run. It is insidious: at a national level a gradual, modest but persistent corruption of the fabric of expectations: a chipping-away at confidence in the contract between citizen and State. Slowly, we are getting more like a banana republic where promises are cheap, nothing ever really happens and nobody expects it to. —Matthew Parris writing in "The Afghan fiasco: why a certain certainty is certainly being missed"