Rewatching The Good Life on the eve of the election

A right-aligned image, fnar Beloved British sitcom The Good Life is a snapshot of a better, kinder, Britain, the pre-Thatcher Britain of the 70s, with high tax rates for the rich and working infrastructure. House price inflation and property speculation hadn't quite taken hold. A three bedroom detached house in Surbiton would have cost twenty … Continue reading Rewatching The Good Life on the eve of the election

Seven Stories about the Election

Non-voters, yesterday Less than a week now, and while one hates* to judge people on mere appearances, all hope is lost. I was in the tyre place this morning, and couldn't help but remark that you don't ever see Eloi in the tyre place, only Morlocks† or those too hideous to qualify even as Morlocks. … Continue reading Seven Stories about the Election

Poll Axed?

I'm not here to tell you that the polls have got it wrong this time, like they did the time before and the time before that (and the time before that). But I am interested to explore the twilight world of polling and the weird people who answer them. The Guardian's poll tracker has the … Continue reading Poll Axed?

Ging gang gilet gilet gilet watcha, ging gang goo, ging gang goo

https://youtu.be/RtvlBS4PMF0 I was watching that Lennon/Yoko film at the weekend, and there were some scenes in which he participated in a protest march and they played "Power to the People" on the soundtrack. More on that subject below. More immediately, this weekend, there were also many news reports about the so-called Gilets Jaunes protests in … Continue reading Ging gang gilet gilet gilet watcha, ging gang goo, ging gang goo