I’ve always hated the word ‘Progressive’. Not so much because of what it means – I recognise that the current political zeitgeist is one which favours redistributive taxation and I am nothing if not somebody willing to be carried along by the wind of political fervour. No, I hate the term because of its disingenuity, because it is a policy which piggy-backs on a politically palatable word. When a politician claims to be progressive they are said to be in favour of ‘progress’, instead of wealth redistribution. If you’re not progressive, then society as a whole will not progress, so goes the logic.
If you read the news over at http://www.impactnottingham.com, you may well already know that swine flu has spread from Nottingham to Kenya in a single bound.
Here in the west our instinct is to predict chaos, and at face value we may be correct. Kenya receives huge amounts of money through tourism, and is indeed a massive player in trade in Africa. Swine flu should be catastrophic, shouldn’t it?