October 1st, 2006

breaking bad

Not to praise him

I wanted my son to have the house to himself for a party. My daughter was on a school trip to London, so I went with H to see 'Julius Caesar' in Stratford, and stayed overnight in a hotel there. The next morning we saw a string quartet in the bar of the RSC. So all in all a pretty grown up weekend.

Julius Caesar was done in a spare style, on a bare stage. It was really the Cassius show because the actor (Finbar Lynch) was so good. I don't much like the last bit of this play, after the war starts, because it doesn't seem to have much structure to it, and the emotion seems to fritter away. I think that's because Shakespeare was constrained by the known sequence of historical events. So all in all, I wasn't elevated and thrilled by the play.
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breaking bad

Return of Loadsamoney

I wouldn't be surprised if the Tories get in next time. The mass of millions and millions of people who were happy to vote for Thatcher still exist. They want to believe they can get nice things and other people will get the pain. People who deserve it. They got burnt in the early nineties, when the pain started to extend to the middle classes too ('but, this can't be happening to me') and now they think it's safe again. Only the undeserving will suffer. Running an economy looks easy doesn't it?

My best guess is the Tories get in, serve one term, and fuck things up badly. The reason being that the economy can not be run on the principle that currency belongs naturally to one small group, and that its free circulation is 'improvidence'. Gordon Brown's Private Finance Initiative is rubbish, but under the Tories the whole country will be one PFI, channelling resources out of productivity and into the personal spending of a small number of people, and thus ultimately abroad.
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