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I am on a train that’s just pulled out of Leeds, following a great day at ‘Not the G8', a conference run by the World Development Movement (WDM).
“I'll get you a nice cup of tea.” There can be few people in these islands – particularly in England – who have not heard these words at a time of distress. In shock or bereavement many of us will have smiled through our tears at being gently offered the national sacrament of solidarity.