The UK passed a grim milestone yesterday, as Boris Johnson announced that officially recorded coronavirus deaths have passed 100,000. Only five countries have crossed this number: ourselves aside, there is the US, Brazil, India and Mexico.
According to research from the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds, global ice loss is speeding up. There has been a 65% increase in the rate of ice loss over the 23-year survey, with the ice loss over the study period estimated to have raised sea levels by 35 millimetres.
The prospect of state collapse, whether orderly or disorderly, remains very real. That said, theoretical possibilities are one thing. Making it happen is quite another. States of Britain’s standing don’t just topple of their own accord. Any breakup of a venerable old imperial power requires concerted political agency – a plan, in short.