Well thank goodness for that: I was not elected, so I have no civic responsibilities. I like to think I was respected for ensuring that the democratic process worked, to make my opponent work for his seat and not seize it as a right. I prefer not to think of it as being massively publicly rejected by my neighbours.
I would quite have liked the (minimal) councillor allowance though.
Now my challenge is what to do now as some public service. I do have some civic charitable things I am working on elsewhere, and I am still cornered to help with a local campaign on a doorstep issue, which I will do. There was that idea of a “keep fit this summer after you vegged for two years of lock-down” promotion, although there are better men to do that than I.
It is unlikely that I will be invited to negotiate a settlement to end to the Ukrainian War, which I could do if surmounting the credibility gap, so some things less earth-shattering is needed for my time and talent.
National government being such a mess, in spite of best intentions at the top, I will write policy papers. They have usually been short interventions, as no one has shown a willingness to pay me for these. A few full-length, bluntly worded papers are needed on certain topic, along with the usual fare.
In the dawns after the election I feel rested, but this should not be a resting year.
- The Rise of Political Lying by Peter Oborne
- The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies by Ryszard Legutko
- Woke: A Guide to Social Justice by Titania McGrath
- The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray
- Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay (1841)
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, by Jordan B Peterson
- Pistols at Dawn: Two Hundred Years of Political Rivalry from Pitt and Fox to Blair and Brown by John Campbell
- Political Correctness Gone Mad?, by Jordan B. Peterson, Stephen Fry, Michael Eric Dyson and Michelle Goldberg
- An Utterly Impartial History of Britain by John O’Farrell
- 1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke
- By Thomas Hobbes in the Civil War and Restoration era: