Mr Ascherson sees that "everything is going global"; thissurely, is the root of the problem. It is not only the English who are overwhelmed by the pressures of global economics; all national and sub-national groups are being suborned into compliance. Governments are either helpless in the face of the onward march of "the market", or positively welcoming to it.
This pressure for economic growth will lead to a catastrophic breakdown. Whether it's our ecological support systems, social fabric, or the financial system which collapsesremains to be seen; but many scientists believe we cannot go on as we are, and they are being joined by "intellectuals". Can the English - usually so resistant to new ideas - possibly lead the world out of the industrial era?
Littlehampton, West Sussex