… and go and see Bonnard at Tate Modern, Viola at the RA – the first is fascinating, the second unmissable: makes you wonder what Picasso, Goya or Rembrandt might have done if video had been available to them. Also went to a brilliant Ka’ta Kabanova at the ROH and today to the new Linbury Theatre there, which has (for a new theatre) a few hiccups auditorium-wise (unstaggered seats so that leaners in the first row can impede the sightline of people in the second; and a nasty gap between the 2nd row walkway and the backs of the first row seats [in the Circle, anyway] which could cost someone an ankle one day) but otherwise is a terrific space – to see a sextuple bill of new short ballets to new music. So one escapes for a while the impending suicide of the UK, the gun held to its head by a handful of intemperate extremists who fly in the face of the fact that certainly 50% at least of the UK’s population don’t want to commit self-annihilation. Meanwhile, how interesting that books and some movies glorifying Our Finest Hour etc etc are appearing and flourishing: someone has a canny eye for a potential markets among the entrenched – before that market dies off, leaving ruin in its wake.
Having spent about £2bn to get the DUP onside and about £4bn to cover contingencies in the case of a No-Deal Brexit, and now further funds will go (at least this time with more justification, but not of course the right reason) to invest in marginalised provincial towns which tended to vote Leave in order to win their scared MPs over, shouldn’t the Government think about accountability to the taxpayer for these vast disbursements? After all, the taxpayer might have preferred to see the money spent on the NHS or the Police, and taxpayers in Northern Ireland and Scotland didn’t vote for Brexit in any case. One scarcely wants ones taxes to be spent on shoring up a spent Government, a mortgaged and by now deeply unpopular idea and a fragmented, outmoded political party.
Meanwhile the deaths of the homeless on the streets have increased tenfold.
And one shouldn’t forget that all this isn’t even the Will of the People. It’s the Will of just over half of those people who voted in 2016. And most of them live in England and Wales. So much for a United Kingdom.
This Government isn’t going to stop pushing further into the lobster-trap it’s been in for nearly three years. It will drag us all down with it, and this because of a pusillanimous PM, a raucous and unreflectingly chauvinistic minority and a feeble Opposition. Time to wipe the slate clean of all these people.
Interesting that Rees-Mogg admires Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell. The first brought the country to the brink of ruin in pursuit of disastrous wars and then refilled his coffers by pillaging the Church under the guise of supporting the Reformation. The second ran an oppressive regime and also has the distinction of being the most cackhanded administrator of the economy GB has known.
Meanwhile we’re held to ransom by the minute minority which is the ERG and the DUP. RIP Democracy!
UNTITLED II finished last March, cut by 150pp and now awaiting launch.
Do look at the booklist on the website if you need any stocking-fillers for Christmas!
And given the state of the world have as merry a one as you can – and good luck with 2019.