Just watching the Guy Burgess play (?) / screenplay with Alan Bates based on the memoirs of Carol Brown (I think - my Freeview is fecked up so I can't get the details). Something I've always thought, the Cold War was won on the basis of sheer economic power rather than actual ideological soundness of principle of the opposing ideologies, i.e. political principle in this case - despite the weaknesses of the capitalist system as underscored by the current banking crisis. Our weaknesses were less than your weaknesses. Bit convoluted but you know what I mean! Maybe the actual political process is about mobilising the national resources to support the main effort - in this case the Cold War, but you also have to mobilise the civil populace, e.g. through ideology, which is where the likes of Burgess could have been used but were lost. And where we are strugglingly as a nation at the moment - bogged down in too many geopolitical/one issue issues whilst yet strugglingly to deal with our own individual ones. Leaders, that's what we need! Whilst I suppose those two are not necessarily indivisible, it does strike me that at least one very well made suit, as Guy clung too, is actually something that a chap really can't do without and reinforces that self belief - mine is serving me very well through a number of occasions such as Remembrance Sunday, but that whole ethos of being outfitted correctly - such an endorsement of the whole Mil thing - shiney boots, smart turnout etc etc goes more deeply than we realise? Conformity? Being part of the team actually reinforces the team within its place with the greater team? Self evident reality? How are we going to realise radical social change, and thereby self-actualisation, in the greater political sphere, without the external stimulus? So my question to you, is, are you as bored by Alan Bennett as I am? Has he passed his sell by date - all that echoing of listening to his much disappointed mother? Good when transposed into others mouths, for a while, but such bitterness. Not unlike Oscar Wilde for sure. Cheers!