Notes for May (not Her, 2017)
A new post on my Ephems blog offers some reflections for May — the month, not the lady. You can access it at http://www.barder.com/notes-for-may-not-her-2017/, along with any comments by other readers. In this post I meditate about the strange paradoxes of current politics: the widespread belief in the Tories’ superior record of economic management compared with that of preceding Labour governments, despite the long chronicle of Tory economic failure and the undeniable economic successes of Blair and Brown; the forthcoming electoral vote of confidence in Theresa May’s management of the Brexit negotiations, despite her and her party’s long list of inexplicable blunders that have landed us in this mess; the continuing defects of Mr Corbyn’s leadership of Labour, and their relatively minor role in Labour’s decline; a not too serious guide to a bit of royal etiquette; and a personal note of thanks to those who have sent messages of affection and support following the news of the writer’s cancer operation and current treatment. To read all or any of this, and ideally to comment on it, please go to http://www.barder.com/notes-for-may-not-her-2017/, rather than replying to this email — unless your message is purely personal.
13 May 2017