The budget debate at last Thursday’s meeting of Southend Borough Council would most years overshadow all other business on the agenda.
But this wasn’t most years.
This year we have Southend UKIP to contend with, and the ongoing tit-for-tat saga of their civil war.
The current state of affairs is a little difficult to keep up with, I’ll grant, and the whole thing reminds me of the “Judean People’s Front” bit from Monty Python’s Life of Brian. At present there are two nominally UKIP groups on the council.
The thing I like about 12 Monkeys is how it embraces its weird. In true Terry Gilliam style, it doesn’t mind getting a little odd, both in terms of plot, character and setting.
The last few episodes have really opened that up, each answer to a question heralding a whole plethora more still to be answered. And not in an annoying way, or even an obtuse way. It’s actual storytelling, which despite the twists and turns feels like it knows where it’s going, even if it doesn’t necessarily know how it’s getting there.
Which is alright by me, as long as it doesn’t come unspooled on the way there. I still don’t know what the show creators’ vision for this is. Is it just going to run until everyone gets bored of it? (Hopefully not… -Ed) I’ve long thought around about the fourth or fifth season is where most shows should call it a day. Battlestar Galactica pitched it just right. Farscape probably deserved one more. Breaking Bad should have called it a day at the end of season five (Controversial… -Ed).
I’m not sure whether 12 Monkeys can quite manage an indefinite run, but what it can do is make its time as exciting and entertaining as the first six episodes have been.
So let’s feed the beast, shall we?
Read on…(and mind the spoilers!)
Congratulations to Martin Berry, selected as Labour candidate for Eastwood Park at the upcoming Southend local elections on May 7th.
Martin is a good friend of mine, and someone who has been the working heart of Southend Labour behind the scenes for a long time. His mark has been on Labour campaigning an local policy for a long while.
The voters of Eastwood Park have the choice between the same-old do-nothing Conservatives, a Lib Dem candidate more interested in his parliamentary ambitions — or Martin, who has the experience, the ideas and the passion to really serve the community.