How do you rid a country of a pandemic of stupidity?

It's not that UK political and commentariat class is ideologically wrong (although could be true as well), it's that so many - especially the cabinet - come across as stupid

As a start you have to take problems *seriously*
Take *any* of the aspects of the UK's multicrisis at the moment - food supply chains, clogged ports, gas prices, petrol supply, labour shortages - the whole thing is fiendishly complex to solve

I don't know how to solve it. But hell it's serious!
This, I suppose, is what happens when the political discussion in public is so disconnected from reality that bad decisions have no practical consequences

Where a referendum has left an opposition so cowed it cannot point out practical problems
Where industry associations and workers alike have been screaming about problems for years, but where communication between them and government is broken because... well, why should experts like that even have a say?
Well folks, because if they don't, you get your current multicrisis.

However you spin it, what's happening in UK just now is not normal. Solving it all is hard as well. But when the politicians are stupid, and the debate they lead is stupid too, what is the way forward?


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