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The Germans have a word for it

Between the Office for National Statistics, Philip Augar and Brexit, higher education has much to think about.

On Saturday, Playbook went to visit a German friend. An academic in the UK for 25 years, she has recently been granted indefinite leave to remain after months of unnecessary anxiety. The phrase “indefinite leave to remain” is itself a curious one, given the polarities of Brexit.

We were discussing the events of the past week in Westminster and were agreed that the country now found itself in an almighty mess with no obvious way out. Playbook asked whether there was a word in German that captured the nuance of our present omnishambles. She offered the term “Schlamassel”.

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