Brendan O’Connor: ‘How we landed in a sci-fi novel’

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Brendan O’Connor: ‘How we landed in a sci-fi novel’


Boris Johnson Photo: PA
Boris Johnson Photo: PA

It was hard for the people in 2018 to pinpoint when exactly their lives had become a science fiction novel. For some people it was when the toddler-in-chief had a tantrum with a journalist. It was just one of many, but it cemented for some that somehow, a major asshole had become the leader of the free world.

For others, it was when Malibu started burning and the celebrities began fleeing their homes. If even the celebrities, who had enough money to insulate themselves from the chaos, were being engulfed in it, then things were surely, finally, out of control.

But most people could not pinpoint the moment, because it all spun out of control in such a banal, gradual way. You only needed the norm to deviate by 1pc a day, to have deviated completely in 100 days. So there was no major tipping point. Just a slow drip, drip whereby suddenly, what would have seemed utterly bizarre a year before, now seemed perfectly normal.

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