Europe and Ireland crave leaders and leadership
Shakespeare was obsessed by the problem of political order. His 10 history plays are about political authority versus political anarchy. Looking across Europe, from Istanbul to Nice, we can see why. As Yeats warned, the centre cannot hold, the best lack all conviction, and the worst are full of passionate intensity.
Hard to believe that a week which began with the euphoria of Uefa could end with slaughter on the streets of Nice on a summer's night.
Hard to believe, too, that only seven days ago I was cheering on Portugal to protect a modest bet.