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
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
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?
Everything it’s possible to say about it has already been said, and the thundering of laptop keyboards can be heard tappety tap tapping throughout the land. This coming half-term, I’ll be driving out of a country that is within the European Union and perhaps returning to one that is without. Our cat will be travelling … Continue reading Political Homelessness
Brexit, yesterday I haven’t really written much about Corbyn. I dared to dream back in 2015, but he's really been a bit of a let down. At this stage of my life I’m X times bitten X2 times shy. I’m not prepared to invest hopes and dreams in a political party or its leader. A … Continue reading Tappety-tap-tap: Corbyn
Every day, someone reaches the front of the line to have an opinion about Brexit. And every day, it creeps a little closer. Time moves strangely: on the one hand, tick-tocking to the tappety tap tap tap of people paid to have opinions; on the other, coming straight down the tracks with the clackety clack … Continue reading This is the way the world ends
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