Archive for December, 2010
/So, just before celebrating New Year, I checked up on my blog stats for the last year, and what posts had been most popular. This could be for any reason, but there are some interesting things to observe. Not my blog’s best year, but certainly a lot has happened during the last few months.
Dear all, I’d normally write you a letter to tell you all about the things I’ve been up to this year and title it as a “Christmas Letter”. This year, organisation has not been my strong point, and so its a New Year letter. As usual, sorry for the gloomy bits – I don’t really do the completely upbeat nonsense, and anyway, all the Christmas letters I remember from my childhood had at least one death in them. This one doesn’t. thankfully.
I’m sure I wrote a post about the rise of Neo-Victorianism sometime about 2 years ago, concerned with the anti-social behaviour rhetoric that was prevalent in the media at the time. I can’t find it. Either way, during my time at home this Christmas, we watched the recentish BBC serialisation of Dickens’ Bleak House as a family. Somehow this government is managing to make Dickens’ work even more depressing to watch…
I’m travelling today, and so I get the excuse of having a large number of newspapers around me to tempt my curiosity. I rather wish they hadn’t. There are days when I swear at the news for what is happening, and there are those days when I get angry because what is written totally misses the point, or is so clearly written with an agenda of injustice.
Suffice to say, Britain does not have a history of “Youth Riots”. Such events are not as regular or predictable as French or Danish Youth Riots, with their specific politics and social science appeal. So to see young people out on the streets over the last few weeks, and to witness the relatively small number of broken windows has been as unexpected for many activists as it has for many police officers. But the media, slow to respond and supplied with only limited information, has been very slow to see some of what’s going on.
Sorry, I think I’ve gotten some snow clogged in my brain – I’ve got two blog posts half written and there’s no sign of either my Christmas letter to the world or the end-of-year round ups. But I’ve just read Simon Jenkin’s piece for Comment is Free and have a couple of things to share that follow on somewhat from my previous blog post on the subject.
Hello Britain. I’m having a bit of a day off from trying to make the world a better place, as my brain isn’t handling it too well and a little preservation now will go a long way down the line. This is an excellent moment to write the blog I’ve wanted to write all week, but haven’t stopped long enough to type out. Hopefully this means I’ve had time to work out better advice for you all.