It's great to see Deborah Orr back at The Guardian, good again to read her on newsprint, rather than online, which I often forgot to do when she was at the Indie. This week she really excels herself with this piece on the economy.
As she says,
The transition from a manufacturing to a skills-based economy, started under Thatcher in the 80s and continued so enthusiastically by New Labour, has been a failure. Its triumphs would be rubble were it not for the scaffold of bail-out support that has been erected around it.
I once heard it said that a human being could survive perfectly well by consuming just bananas and Guinesss - in the correct quantities of course - those two commodities containing all the nutrients the body needs.
In terms of nourishing the mind, the same could be said of Deborah and her husband, Will Self. A diet consisting exclusively of her columns and Self's novels and short stories would, I believe, provide all the literary sustenance an enquiring mind could possibly need.