Just as unprecedented access to education was one of the foundation stones for the liberal democracies that have shaped the West, enhanced access and ambitious education proposals seem the best responses to the forces that would deepen inequality and restore autocracy.
The battle for promotion from the Championship reaches a crescendo this weekend with at least eight teams still dreaming of making it into the Premier League and two able to seal it right now. But how well prepared are any of the sides for what could lie ahead?
Those who believed that Donald Trump might not be a good president for America or an inspiring, reliable partner in the alliances that have sustained the West for decades may feel vindicated. Those who opposed the inevitable chaos of Brexit equally so.
Societies differentiate themselves through cultural practices. Many insist on long-established protocols that others find amusing, incomprehensible, reckless, or even barbaric. Some traditions are driven by religious beliefs; the origin of others are lost in time.
Happiness for some is a long walk with a putter. But for West of Ireland champion Robert Brazill, few things match the thrill of ripping a drive a mile — especially if he’s trying to beat a souped-up track car down the straight at Mondello Park.
Robin Dawson might be the world No 98 and a recent star performer in the Bonallack Trophy but he admits he’d love to add an amateur “major” to his trophy cabinet should he eventually make the move into the professional ranks.
It is not at all surprising that Google yesterday rejected the findings — and a €2.42bn antitrust fine — imposed by the European Commission after a seven-year investigation into how, according to the EC, the company abused its position “to give illegal advantage” to its own shopping service by making access to alternatives far more difficult than it might be.