The News is now full of the riots in Paris, and to a lesser extent in other French cities I believe. What is it that makes the French so much more 'passionate' about their politics than we are? We might spend a lot of time moaning about issues like Brexit (who coined that word and hasn't it become irritating?) and an additional tax on fuel or some such issue. But we do little or nothing about it other than moan. We settle into some sort of complacency which spreads around and damps everything down.
Please don't think I wish it to be otherwise. What is happening in France is terrible - people are suffering - often innocent people. I believe the tax which sparked the riot in the first place has now been withdrawn, but now that things have started it seems difficult for it to stop.
Add to this the awful, dismal, damp weather, the long nights, the short, often dark days (my father always called the next two or three weeks 'the dark days before Christmas) and really nothing seems to be right anywhere in the world. I expect it will pass, as everything does, but at what cost - mentally, physically and in terms of the cost, which will I expect run into millions.
.I looked at Tess a short time ago. Had her tea, had her 'wee and poo' walk, nestled in her basket by the radiator, settling down for yet another sleep and not a care in the world - and I couldn't help thinking ' would that it were like that for us all' -
dangerous thinking I suppose.
Still, tomorrow is another day and sun is forecast even if it is accompanied by gales and turning much colder. At least my patio will dry - it has been wet and covered in wet leaves for the past month.