Monday, July 04, 2016

Letting go in the fifties

There seems to be something remarkable in one's life when the fifties are reached. One takes a deep breath and begins to wonder if life should take a different turn.

Nigel Farage is the latest exemplar of this trait. He fought hard, some would say he did so nastily, to make Brexit a reality. And now, he has quit leadership of UKIP saying he never wanted to be a career politician. It is quite possible that he wanted to depart in glory.

A similar urge had affected Raghuram Rajan some days ago. We have no right to question their personal choice. But there is no need to pillory or eulogise them either for their decision. Farage is 52 years old and Rajan 54.

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