My New Year resolution. I shall write a blog. Who writes a blog? Well, people who are …famous? talented?…full of themselves?

This is why I’m doing it. I’ve got a wide range of interests, and I’ve been writing for fifty years. I’ve been a teacher, and I like working with other people, to understand what’s happening. I think power and money matter, and that people who possess them should know what effect they have on others.  To me, culture and politics and education are all connected, and one of the jobs of writing is to make that clear. But there’s more to life than abstract nouns, and I read books, watch films and TV, and enjoy sharing those with other people, to see what they think. So they’re part of it, too.