Iain Cameron's Diary
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2013-03-31 - 3:59 p.m.
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I have nearly finished The Corridors of Power which was quite an easy read. It interested me partly because it is about the relationship between politicians and senior civil servants just under 20 years before I entered that world. There is also the question of whether CPS is accurately portraying the forces around the question whether the UK could or should maintain an independent nuclear deterrent. CPS suggests that it is obvious to informed liberal opinion that it is pointless and that the act of renunciation might have some positive geopolitical effects. He also sketched various dark forces in favour of the status quo. He brushes over the rationalisation of the defence industry in the late 50s. James has mentioned that he thinks the Nassau Agreement that Macmillan secured with Kennedy was a great deal. I would hardly think that that was an open and shut case. Can there be any sense in which any new submarines that we might buy will represent an independent nuclear deterrent.
I caught the end of a R4 dramatisation of Larkin's first novel, Jill, which is set in wartime Oxford and have ordered that. I'll probably be writing about that before long. I have also ordered the 2nd MD bootleg, the socalled 3rd great 4tet. The price for 3CDs and a DVD has dropped to just over £10 and there was a review in Jazzwise that stresses just what an important document it is.
There are two new tunes at the top of the widget, Archive and Burger.
On the Easter front, I watched M Bragg on Mary Magdalene and also caught some of the Kingsfest on BBC4. This included Updike's poem on the Resurrection which I now realise is justly famous.There was pheasant and trifle for lunch.
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