This morning’s reading, delivered to me via various facets of the internet, included among other things a report on the heatwave in India that is killing people,

this commemoration of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring:

and this article about a project involving authors writing books not to be read by anyone until 100 years have passed, to be printed on paper made from trees planted last summer:

I wondered what one might find to write for those possible future people.

All I could think of was: ‘Sorry’.


Summer tomatoes

I remember a summer’s day, walking from our hot car down the long sandy path through dunes spiky with marram grass

down to the beach,

(Whistling Sands, or was it Hell’s Mouth?)

Eating a tomato like an apple, ripe and full of flavour.

I remember when tomatoes tasted of summer

and did not come in plastic trays.

Indian ink and watercolour
Indian ink and watercolour

Post-election blues

UK 2015
UK 2015

So we have had an election, and many of us are dismayed at the result: a minority of voters (approximately 37% of a turnout of approximately 66%, i.e. roughly one quarter of the electorate) giving enough power to one party to form a government, to continue to pursue policies we voted against. ‘To finish the job they started’ some supporters say. That is, to impose more austerity on those already most deprived groups; to pursue ‘growth’ at all costs, to subsidise the fossil fuel industry, the frackers and co; to continue their attack on the NHS, enabling more privatisation and empowering corporations with instruments like the TTIP; to ‘crack down on extremism’ and seek to repeal the Human Rights Act….

From Wikipedia: John Stuart Mill in his 1861 essay Considerations on Representative Government:

In a really equal democracy, every or any section would be represented, not disproportionately, but proportionately. A majority of the electors would always have a majority of the representatives, but a minority of the electors would always have a minority of the representatives. Man for man, they would be as fully represented as the majority. Unless they are, there is not equal government … there is a part whose fair and equal share of influence in the representation is withheld from them, contrary to all just government, but, above all, contrary to the principle of democracy, which professes equality as its very root and foundation.

How far away from this ideal we are, when there is not even a correspondence between the majority of electors and the majority of representatives.

Copyright ©2015 F. Watts

drawing in the sun

'a man of words and not of deeds...'
‘a man of words and not of deeds…’ – Indian ink

I should have been weeding not drawing I suppose, but they say the bees like dandelions and it’ll be cold tonight so they need the fuel. The sparrows were not so pleased though – they rushed back onto the birdfeeder when I came in and argued with each other over the seeds.