Most of my books are available on Amazon with prices starting at a penny. Type in "Trevor Pateman" and you will be taken straight to them. A memoir of my childhood (I Have Done This In Secret) is due out in June 2018 and can be pre-ordered online at Waterstones or in any bookshop
When Thomas Hobbes fled
from London to Paris in 1640 he proclaimed himself, rather proudly, as “The
first of all that fled” from England’s looming civil war.
I recalled that when it
occurred to me that it is not so much that England risks a disorderly Brexit as
that we have one already. The moment Theresa May wrote her political obituary,
her Article Fifty letter, individuals and organisations began to make their own
The Lithuanian, Polish
and Romanian workers began to go home and fruit and vegetables began to rot in
the fields though I don’t know how many newspapers apart from The Financial Times printed the
photographs. EU nurses and doctors began to go home too, or look for jobs in
Remain EU countries. The NHS authorities are now pleading with the government
to admit more non-EU foreign workers to replace those who have been lost.
European Union itself began to pack up its agencies in the UK, including the
European Medicines Agency. Quite a few UK citizens contemplating the
limitations of the threatened blue passports found their Irish roots and applied
for Irish passports. Dual nationals switched to the better side.
A few companies have
moved out and perhaps a few vulture firms have moved in, sensing the chance of
a kill when companies go bust or top end house prices fall or the USA gets the
permission it wants to dump chlorinated chicken and unfit milk on the UK.
As I write, we are
bracing for Unilever’s announcement that they will abandon their UK
headquarters and work exclusively from their Dutch one. Easyjet has already launched
its contingency plan with a new base in Austria.
Anyone and any company with any sense
is hoarding euros. And so it goes on. This is already disorder, though merely a
foretaste of what is to follow when the factories start to close, the food
banks become even more essential, the criminals start to celebrate. As a writer
in The Financial Times observed, a civil war is starting in a country
hopelessly divided. The worst is yet to come.
Added 5 April: Here's a link to a Financial Times article which is just one story of what is already happening: https://www.ft.com/content/dbeecd9c-3754-11e8-8b98-2f31af407cc8
Since I deleted the Hollywood-obsessed Guardian and Huffington Post from my Favourites bar, must be over a year ago now, I find I know so much less about Hollywood and it's a good state to be in. As for the actual films, I am sure that occasionally a decent one slips through the net, but that's certainly no reason for enduring the others.
Back in 2014 I had some time to kill in London and, finding myself in Leicester Square, decided to re-visit a cinema which once specialised in arthouse movies. They were screening Darren Aronofsky's Noah. It was all right, Noah as a Californian hippy, but there is only so much surround sound someone like me can tolerate. I haven't been back.
A mutant flu virus is
causing worrying concern to Boris Johnson. It targets older voters and
especially those whose brains have been addled by The Daily Express. What makes
it worse, Boris is reported to have said, is that it comes at a time when my enemies in the Cabinet have starved
the NHS of funds. So these people don’t have a chance. It’s very bad news for
So far the virus seems
not to have targeted Daily Mail
readers, but a spokesperson for the CBI, who did not wish to be named, commented, “We
can only live in hope”
The usual suspects are telling us they will organise the biggest demonstration ever if Donald Trump visits London. They may well succeed. It will conveniently avoid confronting the fact that Jeremy Corbyn has led his party into an alliance with the Donald Trump wing of the Conservative party to deny young people the rights and opportunities which those older have benefitted from. One third of Leave voters have a good opinion of Trump.
There can be no Big Tent in British politics because the country is split down the middle over Brexit. Demonstrating against Trump can be no more than feelgood politics for those who are not so much disenfranchised as deprived of a political party - but unwilling to confront that glaringly obvious fact.