Entering the era of consequences
Published 13/01/2012 | 05:00
Back in 1936, on November 12, Winston Churchill -- who had been warning for years about the shifting of public moods out in the real world and also on the European stage but not noticed in the British parliament itself, and who himself had been effectively and completely dismissed and ignored as a drunk and a washout by the elite political class of the day -- made a speech that advanced his argument beyond where it had been before.
He prefaced the earlier part of the speech with the usual warnings, saying that the world had never before seen the likes of what was coming and that it was going to be bigger than anything mankind had confronted before and that nowhere near enough preparation had been done to get ready for it.
The worst part was that it had already gone past the point where anything much could be done to stop it.