I was genuinely touched to hear that the government has appointed a Minister for Loneliness, to carry on the work of the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox. Life was imitating and slightly improving on art, as I’d recently made up various posts for the Little Soldier theatre company’s Journey to the Impossible, including the Ministry of Maintenance and Misdirection, The Office of Artifice and Attitude and the Minister Responsible for Doing Quietly What Is Regrettable but Necessary.

The appointment set me looking for my favourite Kliban cartoon: hat in hand at the front of a long queue stands a humble, ...


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