Complex problems don’t have simple solutions; from Brexit to Climate Change

Writing this on what is/was the future-ex Brexit Day should tell us one thing; complex problems don’t have simple solutions. Populist politics have always thrived on simple messages; pithy sound bites and one-liners that hit emotional buttons. Veracity is never much of an issue, and simple maths appeals to those to whom it is directed.

Twenty years ago Jean-Marie le Pen would say “there are three million immigrants and three million unemployed in France today…, you work it out!!” The below is a more recent version of the same. At the time I recall seeing an eminent French economist on a TV show, exasperatedly saying that obviously this was reductionist nonsense, but it would take him at least half an hour to prove it, and no one would be listening after the first minute – so what was the point?   Quite.

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