The English climate is lamentable at the best of times. No. Not the weather. The political climate. But today we seem to be dealing with something more profound than the perfunctory shenanigans of Great Britain’s political aristocracy.
I’m talking the current haze of prejudice into which we have been sunk, as the country’s Tory leadership tries and fails to distract us from its own shortcomings – a haze of jingoism (see the second part of this article,) poor-bashing, gay-bashing and the scourge of ‘acceptable’ Islamophobia. Not to mention the rise of a tweed-clad strain of rightwing extremism, in the form of the UK Independence Party (UKIP.)