Politics ?

“…quite possible these days for a small farmer on the hypothetical outskirts of all that could be called Ankh-Morpork to lean over his own hedge and chat with a Quirmian farmer who was most definitely in Quirm at the time, without in any way considering that this was a political matter. the conversation would generally be about the weather, the abundance or otherwise of water and the uselessness of the government, never mind which kind, and then, happily they would shake hands, or give a little nod and one would go home to drink a pint of home-made beer after such a busy day, while the other would do likewise with a decent home-made wine.

Occasionally, the son of one farmer would go to the hedge and see the daughter of the other one, and vice versa and, that was why, in a few – but very interesting – places along the boundary, there were people who spoke in both tongues. This sort of thing is something that governments really hate, which is a very good thing.”

Something rather cheeky inside me (can you imagine that ?) had me share this short quote from a book I had for Christmas. Written in characteristic style by Terry Pratchett*, Raising Steam is both humorous and serious – at the same damned time. It is possible to recognise trends, people, even countries and current issues which engage us  all throughout the book. Or to treat it as a story set on a separate world, far, far away. Hence it appears in the “Borrowed section of the blog. It is possible to enjoy the quote above and stop reading now, because what follows, for the first time (!) is a little bit of context.

Still reading? OK then, here we go …

This take on politics and politicians I found topical, disturbing and downright funny; especially as our allotment has been refused planning permission for a building while other less – in my opinion (of course) – deserving cases have been approved. The details are not significant on one level, suffice it to say that politicians are involved which need not always mean democracy is at work, and justice may still be on holiday.

Meanwhile – at a very local level we, the “farmers” carry on getting on well together.

All will be well in the end – I am sure (he said smiling through electorally-offended, clenched teeth).

* and, if you have never read any of Pratchett’s work, I can heartily recommend all of ’em!

Image: www.tuppencemagazine.co.uk


One response to this post.

  1. I love Terry Pratchett. Not read Raising Steam yet but it sounds like another corker I’ll probably enjoy.


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