Friday 23 March 2018

Politics: Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

Ebury Press, €19.99

Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran
Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

Anne Cunningham

Caitlin Moran is back, with politics (and some other things) on her mind. Previously, she felt that politics were best left to the men in suits. But the older she gets, the more political she feels. She goes on to say: "Maybe you don't need to be the 'right' kind of person to write about big things". This is a scrapbook of her writings about "big things" and be warned: do not read Moranifesto on public transport, lest you embarrass yourself by howling. This book is a drop of sunshine, a ray of hope, a protest and an absolute riot.

Moran is a card-carrying socialist. So much so that she dedicates her book to her daughters and to NHS founder, Nye Bevan. Many of her pieces rail loudly against the Tory administration and it's a sobering read. Ireland is not the only country with a housing crisis, but the difference with Britain is sheer numbers. Stats like 20.3 million people in the UK being on some kind of benefit are frightening, especially when the heart of central London is being gutted to build luxury apartments for Russian oligarchs.

She cites similar solutions as Russell Brand to Britain's problems - it's all in people power, and if you think that's utopian then maybe you should read her first. She writes about other things, too.

Getting older, Starbucks coffee, bare summer legs, musicals, and a ranting diatribe on printers. "The world cannot tolerate this much longer.

Our spiritual cyan is running dry. We have paper jam in our souls. PRINT IS NOT ALIGNED." She's right.

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