I contend that we are now in the early stages of a journey towards a post-democratic future. The philosophical foundations that once sustained our citizenship rights are decaying as fast as RAAC concrete.
A farmer faces jail and a £10,000 for disturbing the habitat of a mythical rainbow serpent; a tree-planting event was cancelled after one group demanded a £1.3 million payoff.
Trudeau aims to create “the first postnational state” where, in his own words “there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada”, but only a list of vague shared values and shared public services everyone pays their taxes towards.
This powerful focus is too often today reserved for the separatists in the devolved administrations who aim to divide us.
He is a liberal on the run, never stopping for long enough in one place to be pinned down, but soaring instead into the higher platitudes.
He says that road haulage interests are trying to revive the pre-Brexit economy – but that the Government will stand firm for higher wages.
There is a vocal minority of people who dominate discussions in the media, and seem determined to import the racially-charged culture we see in the US.
Williamson’s new policy is an important step – but Conservatives cannot legislate themselves out of the culture wars.
It has shown itself incapable of advocating for the one group specifically named in its title – women – and is too emblematic of identity politics.
Its “education” programmes lead an increasing number of gay and lesbian children to believe they are heterosexual, but trapped in the wrong body.
Gender diversity is not arbitrary identity politics; it matters for decision-making, particularly in the fight against the disease.
His message, that the Conservatives will win if the electoral battle is on identity politics and culture wars, is correct.
It is a reversion to the old tribal idea: this people good, that people bad. It challenges the notion that we are all individuals, responsible for our own behaviour.