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So the general election campaigning is well under away with all the major parties now having set out their manifestos, each a vision for the direction the UK should move if it is to prosper and flourish. The Liberal Democrats took their turn today with a four point plan including fair taxation, opportunities for children, a fair and green economy, and of course, everyone’s favourite theme these days, cleaning up politics.
All the parties have talked extensively about tax and have offered up some interesting, if not absurd attempts to lure the voter: the Tories will give pathetic breaks to the married, the Lib Dems will hike the basic threshold by £3,500, and Labour have the best one by promising that 60% of any future increases will only affect the top 5% of earners. It’s the other 40% that worries me.
Meanwhile, the SNP have been deafeningly silent on most issues other than to continue banging on about independence and oil.
Everyone wants to remove the sleaze and corruption that is holding back democracy. Everyone. Yet I doubt it would even be on the agenda if they hadn’t got caught squeezing the public purse to pay for their gardens and second homes.
It’s going to be a long road until May 6th. I’m looking forward to the live televised debates if they are handled correctly. The first one is tonight on ITV at 8.30pm, the subject up for discussion being domestic affairs.
I was talking about Twitter yesterday and its proposed move to accept advertising revenue, but check this out! The Library of Congress has acquired the entire Twitter archive—that’s every single 140 character Tweet since the first one way back in March 2006. Don’t believe me? Read this article.
My promo copies of SILLY POEMS FOR WEE PEOPLE VOL.2 arrived in the post yesterday. Copy number one, as always, went to my daughter and one will also go to the dedicatee of the book. The rest are for promo purposes and the like. It looks great—I’m really chuffed with this one.
Each chapbook that comes along I learn from and get more ideas to put into the next. My next one is going to be pocket size, a really small one with a totally different feel and style to it. This is to be my definitive work on Edinburgh so I can get it out my system (not Edinburgh, the book idea). I’ve been writing the poems for it since the beginning of my current writing life, so it will have to be carefully crafted. The aim is to have it out for November.
As the week has gone on I’ve grown more tired and experienced more pain rising in the morning. Black coffee and a bacon roll from the canteen tends to be looked on more as a life preserver the further towards Friday I progress.
And Friday is what tomorrow is, so until then, peace and out!