Saturday, 29 October 2016

Random access memory # 59. (1972)

RK, the doctor's daughter, and SH, were the two girls universally and enduringly derided as teachers' pets at primary school. During the industrial unrest of the early 1970s SH was asked to read out a composition she'd written in front of the rest of the class. It was critical of striking workers and described an invented scenario where somebody died during surgery due to a power cut, or some such Daily-Express-style nonsense.
In the piece she used the word 'electric' when she meant 'electricity'. I knew that was wrong and had a satisfying little sneer to myself. I would have been about ten. I think even then I was beginning to have a feel for which side my bread was buttered politically.

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