One must question ‘society’ and ‘our standards’ when becoming a victim is the new hip cool thing.
Wherever you are on the political spectrum, this essay is likely to offend you. The “left” will hate my uncompromising views on private property.
The European Union cannot meet Britain and agree to a fictitious Brexit, allowing it to preserve the old advantages and get new ones so as not to create a dangerous precedent.
If a private security company closed down an airport for 24 hours and cancelled hundreds of flights because of a ‘drone’ threat, and then later discovered that its own drones were providing that threat, it would quite rightly be tossed out on its ear and lose its contract. Its CEO would probably be fired, several key employees would probably be fired, and the company would almost certainly face imminent bankruptcy and likely closure as other customers withdrew their custom. If the company was to survive such a self-imposed disaster, it would follow on from the result of a rapid and brutal reorganisation, similar to the punctuated equilibria of Darwinian evolution. (For instance, where fish become amphibians inside a rapid geological timeframe, perhaps because of a catastrophic drying of the planet caused by one of those regular instances of rapid solar heating.
In London, and it seems elsewhere, the political and media consensus is that Britain is in its weakest international position since the late summer of 1940.