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Heroes and Villains and Heroes

Leave it leave it leave it... I am having problems letting the project be for a while. Went down into Blackheath just to look around, had a pointless meal, came back feeling slightly dizzy. I passed a garden with an overpowering smell of flowers, lavender in particular, and it reminded me of the wild sage that filled the air, especially in Savuti. Felt a bit better.

Had an old friend over for dinner in the garden. He has started his teacher training proper and is full of enthusiasm, it's good to see. He's been through a lot. Life getting on with living, I like that.

The trouble with life is that if you don't absolutely stuff it with diversions, it is impossible to overlook stuff that is going on. Theresa May's comment in the HoC yesterday, saying 'We won't let Labour near power again,' is the stuff of totalitarian nightmares.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/07/theresa-may-brexit-confusion-jeremy-corbyn-pmqs-live/ This unelected official has decided that her party will be the ones who decide who gets into government. But that's not her job or her mandate, or her party's mandate; it's ours.

All over, parallels with the 30s are being raised and I suppose this is part of my momentary interest in German Expressionism. We do not have great movements in Art, what we have are superheroes. Facile perhaps, but true... Superman  manifested in full cape-and-tights glory in 1938, his best friend Batman turned up in 1939, and the years just before the start of World War II saw the emergence of all the grandstand heroes from DC and Marvel. The desire for safety and big powerful protectors will not have been the only driver in the growth of the genre, but it can't be discounted. The wane of superhero popularity after the end of that war is a telling factor.

Superheroes are back now, edgy and darker. It's interesting to see them again, reminding us of how much we need looking after, often by illegal means. There are exceptions of course, but the bad guys are seldom aliens per se; they are us.

Here's a real superhero. He is also a king, which would normally incur my distaste, but if Kingship is ever really anything, it is this: https://www.facebook.com/Channel4News/videos/10154035213361939/

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larians
Sep. 8th, 2016 08:23 am (UTC)
I think that you are over reading a line in PMQs. Tony Blair said something similar re the Tories, both meaning the same thing, that they were the relevant party in tune with the voters and the other side aren't. It is also designed to play on the minds of a divided opposition at war with itself, standard politics really.

Bottom line is that we will have an election by 2020 at the latest and the voters will do their thing.
smokingboot
Sep. 8th, 2016 11:18 am (UTC)
I honestly hope so, because to my mind, such a statement is seriously inappropriate. It would have worried me no less if it came from Blair or Corbyn, though there is something particularly dubious about it coming from an unelected prime minister. None of these people have the right to choose who gets 'Let' near power. If it is a joke it's a pretty unpleasant one, and shows a strange disconnect from the idea of democracy.

I do believe that the far right is advancing in the UK and am genuinely very alarmed about it. Hopefully I'm wrong!

larians
Sep. 8th, 2016 11:49 am (UTC)
All British Prime Ministers are unelected by the general Public because we don't have a Presidential system. The Prime Minister is whoever can command a majority in the House of Commons and that often changes over the course of Parliament, see Brown, Major and May in the past 20 years.

Re the rest, best as a conversation not least because it has been facsinating speaking to some Swedes about stuff and their views on Brexit and Europe.
smokingboot
Sep. 8th, 2016 12:20 pm (UTC)
Well, it's never been a direct democracy. Until it comes to Brexit and then suddenly it's got to be direct democracy or it's no democracy at all! None of this nonsense about 'parliamentary democracy!'
Looking forward to the conversation :-)
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