May You Live in Interesting Times

May you live in interesting times is a British expression that we often say the Chinese said. To be honest, I don’t know if this is true or not, but I certainly now feel the tension and anxiety such an idea proclaims in so few words. The current period the UK will is going through will undoubtedly become a period of time that many academics base an entire career on the study of how a union of countries disintegrated, the UK not the EU.

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The Tsunami

I chose to believe that I lived in a progressive country. Now, I realise I was deluded. The UK has finally let down its mask, and inside is an ugly beast. The rampant exceptionalism that allowed Britain to colonise a lot of the world still runs wild in individual sections of society. Our politicians no longer guide or lead; they merely surf the wave of populism. The only problem here is that the wave is a tsunami.

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We sit on  a train

staring into the abyss.

Is this action, really sane?

My fears, you dismiss.

The abyss, coming closer,

the end ever nearer.

You think you’re the composer

but that is a veneer.

You’re but a puppet

on a cut-price budget.


They send letters in white envelopes now. Not, the brown envelopes of yore. White envelopes. It makes them look like a circular. Chances are putting the letter straight on a one way trip to the bin. Is it by design that they do this now, don’t fill in your assessment form and you’ll find your health benefits cut? An easy change for someone to make if they deliberately want people to miss their appointments.

Am I being too cynical, too jaded, too paranoid? Would the government really want to treat the worst off in society in such a duplicitous way? Watching the news and you can’t help but think so. Is it a further nail in the coffin of a once “civilised” country? We were once proud and tall and now we are all but pastiches of the previous glory that this country once held itself in.

Perhaps it is just better to consign oneself to the bin than the letter.