Fraser Nelson Fraser Nelson

The pessimism of the left

Like David, I’m a fan of Polly Toynbee. Every compass needle needs a butt end, after all. She is 180 degrees wrong on most things: but splendidly, eloquently, passionately wrong. I’d like to pick up on one aspect of her column.

“Social democrats are the world’s optimists, knowing human destiny is in our own hands if we have the will to change.

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