If Greece fails, or Portugal fails, or Spain fails… when they fail, I should say rather, I can’t see it making any difference what stamp of parliament we have in this country. Politicians of all parties, perhaps in order to magnify their authority and diminish their shortcomings, seem determined to deny the reality of their (and our) existence. We’re like tiiny creatures, wholly engaged in futile squabbling, in a rockpool at the edge of the sea. Approaching and increasingly visible, the tide’s coming in. Lib-Lab, Lib-Con, whatever; these minor divisions will soon count for nothing.