Start the month with a massive one-man rifle assault on a country & western concert, witness an ex-hurricane hit the British Isles mid-month and finish with reports of record levels of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere.
The Conservative Prime Minister has a nightmare at the conference and still appears to have gained ground. Even a former Conservative prime minister calls for the suspension of the rollout of Universal Credit.
Celebrities having been called out for sexual harassment, politicians follow – first Conservative MPs and Ministers – then it turns out a Greater Nottingham Labour activist had been raped and party officials appear to give poor advice.
Seems like a Trump campaign manager has previous for money laundering. Following a triumphant declaration that he’s releasing all the JFK files, as he was required to do – and then failed to cos he got the process wrong. Meanwhile, the JFK files bring out all the conspiracists out, who never stop to think how “they” want them to believe in conspiracies.
Catalonia strikes out for independence from Spain without a proper referendum and with plenty of people saying they don’t support the change.
Brexit doesn’t feel any better.
Labour hold three Nottingham city council seats in by-elections, but low turnouts in October remain a challenge, despite many new party members.
Then a boundary commission recommends splitting The Meadows into 2 parts. The Conservatives requested it, but the commission does kinda recognised that nobody else had even thought of it and so are looking for further comment.
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So where in any of this is there hope or perspective or joy?
Perspective is brought by the documentary series on The Vietnam War shown on BBC 4 tv.
Hope comes from learning about the Luddites in Nottingham 200 years ago. How they struck out for values and the vote.
And keeping on keeping on with regeneration and parks improvements.
The joy – lots of opportunities to tell stories about Nottingham this month, especially at Goose Fair, and at the launch of the city of culture bid, and of hoodwinked; recognising that not only did Herbert Kilpin found AC Milan, but he gave them the red and black stripes of Notts Olympic; oh, and comedy bikes and Salop going 15 league games unbeaten.