I well remember how, as the 1980s dragged on, writing about SA and its fundamental unignorables — all those problems that were as obvious as they were perennially in need of urgent attention — often suffered from tedious repetition.

Sometimes, I suppose, the ideas will have seemed less than vivid or stimulating simply for being unthinkable, improbable, “unreal”. What was the point of harping on about such plainly utopian fantasies as, for example, a universal franchise? ..

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