As you know, I usually steer well clear of politics, especially on this blog.
It’s been a highly charged week on both sides of the North Atlantic.
Last Monday, Theresa May (our Prime Minister), made a very peculiar speech about Brexit (the intention of the UK to leave the EU), which said roughly nothing, or at least nothing that didn’t appear to be contradicted later on. On Wednesday (was it Wednesday, I’m losing my mind) she makes an excellent speech at Davos warning global corporations to ignore the needs, values and welfare of the masses at their peril.
I’m not sure what to make of Theresa May. She’s an interesting character for a novel. She always seemed to be a good Home Secretary, and she’s certainly got the political experience to handle the job of Prime Minister. But I suspect she didn’t want it. Especially as she was one of those who thought our best interests were to remain in the EU. But by the undemocratic process that is western democracy, the ‘Leave’ voters had a narrow majority over the rest of those residents and citizens of the UK who were entitled to and did vote. Cameron resigned to lick his wounds. Mrs May looked at the possibility of this whole farce being led by Boris Johnson or Michael Gove, and thought: Crikey, I’d better handle this, or we’ll really be up the creek without a paddle (this is a PG blog, remember). If you think that’s far-fetched, I once did much the same when the elections for chairman of the Maths Society came up when I was at Uni. Hardly the same as leading the country, but…. So Mrs May is steering a wayward ship through shark-infested waters, and taking a huge battering for it. Part of the problem is our insatiable need to be part of the decision-making process, but more of that later.
Meanwhile, on Friday, the entire world knows what happened because everyone’s news and main channels (four of them in the UK) carried hours of the events in Washington live.
I really wouldn’t think this a suitable subject for my blog, but what I see on my friends’ blogs–or at least some of them–is, on the one hand, a reaching out to others who feel hurt, distressed and threatened, appealing for calm and concentrating on helping and being kind to one another. On the other, a few, very few, are explaining in a series of posts why Donald Trump is the best thing that happened to the world: his racist speeches aren’t racist; he doesn’t denigrate women, and that sort of thing. I decided yesterday to stop following these blogs. I’m British, and I don’t need to listen to ‘the other point of view’. I suppose I ought to listen to the ‘leave’ point of view, but so far nothing they have asked for except free trade makes any sense. And frankly, they don’t know what free trade entails or they wouldn’t want that either. The figures they were fed before the referendum were complete nonsense, especially about immigration, which was their major concern.
Why am I blogging about it?
I know you’re up to date with the plans for books 7, 8, 9 and 10. You know Willoughby the Narrator (book 7) is coming out this spring and you can pre-order it already. You know The Princelings of the North (book 8), is written, has had its preliminary edit, and even has a cover nearly ready (and it’s gorgeous!). And you know The Chronicles of Marsh and Princelings Revolution will round off the series.
Yes, I always thought of Princelings Revolution as a fantasy, the breakdown of society of the realms, the factions and in-fighting, and the way the populace turn on King Fred for his moderate and democratic views on governance. Democracy wins out, with the masses following the persuasive few despite their complete lack of interest in doing anything apart from gaining attention. If I don’t write it soon, it will be out of date. Life will have imitated art even before I publish it. I can’t have that!
The other thing I may not have is an A to Z Challenge this year. I was fully expecting today to be sign-up day, but there’s been nothing on the A to Z blog since mid-December, and there’s no change on the website. The Facebook page shows the new Badge, but has been feeding these pro-Trump posts, so I don’t really want to be associated with it. Is Mr Trump going to cause the A to Z Challenge to fall by the wayside this year? I’ve been having enough trouble with my theme to feel relieved if it does, but it’s going to play hell with my planned Guest Posts for the Story Reading Ape for the next couple of months.
Oh well, I’d better just learn to go with the flow for a change.