Don’t Give Us Any More Hope

Dislocation of expectation and the problem of hope

The Plague at Athens’ by Nicolas Poussin depicting the infamous plague which struck ancient Athens in 430–427 BCE. (Gallery of Sir Frederick Cook, Richmond, UK)

aving long promised that the UK would be able to celebrate Christmas with limited restrictions, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that new restrictions that would keep many families apart after a year of separations and sacrifices, dashing the hopes of many. After the announcement the Prime Minister was confronted…