Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruin

My last post didn't quite seem to hang together. Perhaps it's because- as a friend pointed out- I left the money out of the picture- the money that will accrue to whichever entity comes up with the medicine first- if anyone ever does...

But I also left out the sense I have of our politics as insubstantial, papery and unreal. We're harking back to the conflicts of the 20th century because we don't understand the times we're in- recasting the present in the shapes of the past- even though nothing really fits. Russian spies trying to steal our science?
How cross-making and yet how comforting. These are enemies we've dealt with before and know how to deal with- because we've seen the movies and read the books.

The Prime Minister says it'll all be over by Christmas. What an unfortunate choice of words. And I thought he knew his history...

Russian spies, "over by Christmas", a very old monarch knighting an even older soldier for walking round and round down his garden with a zimmer frame...

But this is a new world we're in.

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