Wednesday, February 1, 2017
After the disasters of 2016 - Brexit in the UK and Trump's presidency in the US - 2017 feels like the start of a new and disturbing era in history. I take some some heart from this Ronald Searle cartoon that's been lurking on my various computers since the 1990s. A new blog, after two years without a voice, is the least I can do. Snarking on Comment Is Free doesn't really count.
It will be, like my chaotic and now inaccessible WordPress blog, a 'thoroughly eclectic blog about the arts, humanities, religion and politics'. Which is another way of saying that I'm interested in a lot of things but don't know enough about anything in particular to specialise.
Let's begin with the ways in which Trump resembles Mr Creosote. There's the obvious greed, verbal abuse and complete disregard for other people. More specifically, I can't help feeling that his chundering forth of toxic executive orders is analogous to Mr Creosote vomiting all over the floor, a cleaning woman, and occasionally in the bucket provided. Will no-one offer him a wafer thin mint?