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Fingers crossed that Trump and Kim do get something together. But keep them crossed.

 

Meanwhile domestically what IS going on with Grenfell Tower a year on? Half the survivors are still unhoused, no-one has come up with any answers regarding the inefficiency of Kensington & Chelsea Council or the Government at the time of the disaster, and no-one seems to be going to. One more thing to lay at the feet of the UK’s preposterous ruling party.

 

And as for Europe – Italy’s new government refuses asylum to refugees and Spain (which thank God has got rid of Lajoy) has stepped in. But when I look at the state of governments in general in Europe now I begin to despair of the future of the EU – though I passionately believe in it. Perhaps any attempt to create a federation of such disparate cultures and nationalities couldn’t last. I was in Greece recently and anti-EU feeling (thanks to Germany) runs very high. Surely in an economic club members should help fellow-members when they are down. But no. And it can’t be the Neanderthal genes, because Africa’s no better run!

 

Did I tell you the big novel is finally finished – three months ago or so. Meanwhile I’ve been treading water rather than walking on it!

 

Do read some Greek classics – Thucydides, Euripides –  nothing remotely changes. Schopenhauer was right – across history, the only things that do change are the costumes and the props!

 

 

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HELLO 2018

Just a line to say please don’t expect to hear much of me in the near future as I’m going a bit monastic – need to put finishing touches to UNTITLED II and edit it and change the ending and then try to get the bugger published. And generally withdraw from the hurly-burly for a while.

Good luck with 2018 and please let’s get rid of some of the deeply flawed politicians, fanatics, developers and plutocrats who are running and endangering our lives at the moment, from Trump to Putin and all the ones in between, during this year.

All best

 

Anton xx

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General Election Fever!

Do you know I really do think if I were a Tory I’d like to lose this election. Imagine the benefits: Labour would have to sort out the Brexit force and that’s a really Sisyphean job, quite apart from trying to resurrect the NHS and get rid of food banks. In five years, they’d be bloody lucky to put things half right.

In the meantime the Party could quietly lose the crop of unbelievably crass twits who throng its front bench at the moment; and emerge triumphant under the gleaming banner of George Osborne, long to reign over us from 2022!

(Sorry about Freudian type earlier!)

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Partiality of the BBC

I know the Beeb’s political programmes are not on the whole especially galvanising but it seems to me to be nothing short of sinister that they give so much airtime to UKIP and none, for example, the the Greens or any other small but sane and actually represented party.

I know the Beeb has always been eccentric and made bad choices when it thinks it’s onto something which may raise ratings through cheap controversy but should one detect the fell hand of the new head of news, an ex-Murdoxch boy, here?!

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