Spooky

Autumn naturally lends itself to a mixture of retrospection and introspection. The bright and sunny certainties of summer are replaced by the cloudier anticipations of the winter to come. As the crops are gathered in, the days darken, and chill. And as animal spirits start to wane with the weakening sun, problems that swelled up during the heat of summer – Thomas Cook; Ireland’s growing political hostility to the UK; the prospect of global trade wars; socio-economic stability in China – start finally to decay and reveal themselves. As readers will be well aware, Halloween 2019 happens to coincide with Britain’s putative departure from the EU. This year, expect a degree more fear and a degree less certainty during the mistier days of the month, as decades’ worth of the market’s and politicians’ shadowy errors start to walk abroad.

Spooky