Diary, Wednesday 12th April 1995. 6.30 in the morning, the children are up watching violent cartoons on televison amidst advertisements for Kellogg’s Pops and Nesquick, M&Ms and then more Teenage Mutant Heroes. An interview with an actor whose life is dedicated to simulating violence tells us that violence is no fun.


Kappeler: the opinion seems to be gaining ground that what really matters is the explicit articulation of intention – what I SAY that I want and mean – less what I actually do and in doing express as my will. The emphasis is on the’content’ of politics and political discourse, less on political practice – so that politics is increasingly becoming a matter of the articulation of good intentions. (Kappeler, 1995: 12)