We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have to say that i don't have a problem with jumping in on a task or project without a clear or perfect plan. First of all life is full of these things and you cannot take 4 months to plan for each task you are confronted with. Secondly it build confidence and skill to take on these things with just your raw knowledge and abilities. Life is full of split second decisions and ad hoc fixes to problems. What is worse than trying and failing is analysis paralysis where you never even start to fix the problem. Having said this I hasten to add that there are some things that shouldn't be attempted without careful planning and practice. It is important to be able to recognize those situations where you need to rethink your plan.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is one of those people whose chief claim to fame is being a "first," in his case being London's first Muslim mayor....In any case, he decided to give a speech on the evils of nationalism....
There are two problems with this. The first is that he decided to give this speech in Scotland, a nation whose elective offices have been recently dominated by an organization called The Scottish National Party.
The second problem is that Khan himself is a living symbol of an even more divisive, even more narrow mode of 'pitting different parts of our country or sections of our society against one another.' If this is the right standard for judgment, identity politics fares even worse than nationalism, which at least is willing to take any kind of Scot as long as they're Scottish. Drawing the division at the level of the nation at least avoids drawing divisions below that level...
I very much doubt the Mayor of London realizes he "didn't think that through." Dick Whittington's cat for Mayor of London!
In my boyhood career as air transport pilot, one of our axioms was "make haste slowly". It meant, think through all the alternatives you have time for, but don't ponder your way into a disaster. That little gem helped me often in my post-career (refuse to say retirement) undertakings.