Monday, 24 June 2013


Top read at Belle's Literary Salon (for cool people) this week is The Queen vs Trenton Oldfield: A Prison Diary by Trenton Oldfield, published by Myrdle Court Press. I must confess to not having read it yet but I've just moved it to the top of my books-to-read pile on account of recent developments in Trenton's life and I hope to start it very soon indeed.

Trenton, you may remember, disrupted the Oxford-Cambridge boat race last year in protest at government cuts and elitism. It was perhaps the politest protest anyone has ever seen and he was sentenced to six months in jail for basically having lovely manners. The oddest thing about it really was the vast and shocking amount of bile he took from all sides after his gentle, courageous and effective action — it was as if it were in direct proportion to his loveliness.

He has lived in the UK for more than ten years and Deepa, his British wife, is due to give birth to their first child today. This week Trenton learned that the Home Office intends to deport him because his continued presence in Britain would not be "conducive to the public good". This is fucking bananas.

Guardian piece here and please sign this petition and this petition molto pronto.

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