There’s an interesting piece on the ‘Comments’ page of today’s Guardian by Terry Eagleton. It mentions a number of the writers who feature in my course: Orwell; Wilde;Woolf; Eliot and Brecht. Eagleton contends that that ‘British literature’s long and rich tradition of politically engaged writers has come to an end’ apart from Harold Pinter ‘who has wisely decided that being a champagne socialist is better than being no socialist at all’. What do people think? Is part of the reason for this that there is no obvious alternative to global capitalism? Is there a general political apathy? Aren’t most people as appalled as I am at Thatcher’s legacy? I have to admit that although I am a political animal I have become wearied, in recent years by what seems to be a losing battle. However, watching the enthusiastic young people on last Thursday’s ‘Question Time’ did give me some hope.