Austerity in the UK

So I’m finally reading my new Elizabeth George, and she’s describing the horrific cuts to the UK police force as a result of austerity. It’s a fucking disgrace, that’s what it is. If this is what’s done to the police force, then I shudder to think about the devastation inflicted on education.

George is a fanatic of investigation, and always researches her books very carefully. I don’t believe she’s inventing this.

This is what I mean when I talk about the dismantling of the nation-state. And it’s downright criminal.

Tablet Etiquette

What is the etiquette on kids’ tablet usage in public? I’m waiting for Klara at her dance lesson, and there are two little boys in the waiting room who have their tablets blasting at an infernal pitch. I’ve been working since 7 am today, and this is my only half-hour in the day to veg out quietly in the waiting room. The din is driving me nuts. The boys’ parents don’t seem to think there’s anything wrong with this.

It’s a very small room, and there’s nowhere else to go.

P.S. One of the tablets is screaming “Jesus is alive!!! Jesus is coming!!!” every 15 seconds. This is freeping torture.