Ah, there I was with last blog anticipating a new era in British politics post the General Election. In the end it was all a complete let-down. No slugging it out between Labour and Tory, no breakthrough by UKIP, no realignment of progressive parties to keep the Tories out. No move towards PR as a result. Same old Tory hierachy, now released (as we have already seen) to carry out it own extreme agenda irrespective of only getting 36% of the total vote. I guess you can see where my sympathies lie!
Now we have a leadership contest for Labour that is creating real interest, and a man who has emerged from the 'loony left' to speak honestly and straightforwardly about issues that affect us all. It's so refreshing that Jeremy Corbyn is clearly not in the mould of standard party hack that he is a tempting option to consider. Some say he is unelectable as a Prime Minister - I say so what? The next election is five years away, so in the mean time let's have Tory ideas tested against real left-wing opposition.
But I think I know in my heart that the norm will prevail, just as it did at the general election, and one of the other career politicians will come through. But did you notice how Andy Burnham is now claiming he has never been part of the political establishment, or wrapped in the Westminster bubble? It's what I call the Corbyn effect.
On another tack completely, I recently read a novel called "The Circle" by David Eggers. It is the story of the takeover of society by an Internet company and its social media arm. Some deride it as nonsense, but they mainly come from the rarified cyber world. It does take current use of the Internet to an extreme, but it does show where it all could end up, if we are not careful. Total absorbtion in social media networks, a life responding to Facebook and Twitter messages, the pressure to report everything we do in order to be seen to be sharing experiences. The expunging of those who refuse to be online for their whole lives, with their every action and locale known by everyone. All in the cause of sharing and being part of some insidious whole. Read it - laugh in amusement, and growing horror. I mean, do you really want a fridge that automatically orders more milk from a supermarket delivery service because it can't find any on its shelves?