Shortly off to vote for gorgeous, pouting Diane Abbott, but with a heavy heart.
Yes, I'm "angry about the war" (DA voted against it). Let me be a little more specific - I am astonished and dismayed and not a little frightened at the trashing of international law to make way for a politically driven invasion. The law is an ass, says Anthony Blair and the coterie. No, coterie's not right. Thugs? Thugs. The law is an ass, they say. And it clearly is, because although aggravated burglary will get you locked up, the same crime on a gargantuan scale, when advertised in advance as "regime change" will not. If it hadn't been for the strange death of Dr.Kelly so little of the machinery driving policy would have been visible.
Disheartening to see Gordon Brown give a Yes to the question, would you have done the same, after only a split-second's hesitation. Of course, he was on the spot and could do nowt else. Here's hoping we at least get an active cabinet sometime in the next four years.
On a lighter note... found a blog by a public school teacher, David Smith, who clearly has too much time on his hands, but there's an excellent piece on the lost treasures of classical literature in the news recently. And an ace picture of Barrie Rutter and Tony Harrison, to boot.
Going to that Pizza Express in Soho tonight where the jazz people do their thing. I know next to nothing about the genre but Paul's filming a doc on the pianist Mose Allison so I'm going along to hear him and share a marinara with Svetlana. Then back for the swingometer.
ps I almost forgot. Getting off the bus outside the BAC on Tuesday - I was there to see/hear sketches from my friend Michael O's new opera, Midsummer - I nearly walked straight into John Prescott, who was having a photocall with a candidate outside the local party hq. Anyway, he's really quite little. I could 'ave 'im, I thought. Alas there was no one to hold my coat, so I went to the opera instead.