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Written on May 8, 2010, and categorized as Living, Politics, Secret and Invisible.
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“The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man… not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.” – Jean Genet.



I took this photo in September 2007:

Two and a half years of financial crisis later… the UK election produces a “hung” parliament.

I read this measured, optimistic article by the media-friendly ex-Conservative minister Michael Portillo, whom I disliked in government, but have grown to enjoy on television. He speaks a lot of sense.

Then I read the comments… my personal favourite being the following:

It looks like we are going to have a Tory government now.I am going to love it, really love it!

It won’t be more than six months before you Tory voting twats are squealing because you have lost your jobs and your homes.

You must be complete masochists. Your decision to vote Tory will have one consequence:

You will endure extreme financial pain on behalf of those a million times wealthier than yourselves.

It’s absolutely unbelievable.

Lib Dem supporters will be even more incredulous as their decision props up the finances of bankers, professional footballers and pop stars.

Labour is the party of the people.

The deficit could have been written off instantly.

The combined wealth of the richest 1000 Brits is three times the value of the deficit.

In voting Tory and Lib Dem you have said it is wrong to reduce the wealth of these people from multi billionaires to billionares.

You total SUCKERS!

This election results will simply be nice little field trip for the public school boys.

You total fools!

Yes, people are fools, all of us. Some of us all the time, all of us some of the time. Some people even think time is linear.

I could waste a lot of time with politics. I don’t like it, in general, though I understand it is necessary. It brings out irrational smugness and preening tribalism in people, and leads to death and disaster, which whilst it is a great series of screenprints by Warhol, is not the kind of way I wish to spend the remaining 39% of my life.

This is where I want to be.

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