I liked many of responses - in particular your mention of A High Wind in Jamaica which is very good (and strange).
Re Ian Duncan Smith - Frank Field was ploughing this lonely furrow 15 years ago - asked by Tony Blair to 'think the unthinkable' on welfare, he did - and was sacked, IMHO the moment, very early on, when the Blair administration lost its way. Take a look at his website.The other lost prophet, who's just died, was the Old Labour activist, sociologist and writer Norman Dennis.
I knew him when he was just a kid. Used to argue Darwinism by claiming his opponents didn't understand it. Kept threatening to disappear if they misrepresented the evidence. Got huffy if the Yanks made fun of soccer. Look at him now!
My campaign for global domination is boosted immeasurably by your two mentions, so many thanks! However, my favourite of your answers was the choice of Benedict Cumberbatch because "he has such a fantastic name" - as indeed he does.
Thanks all.Sarah - it is indeed strange and brilliant. One of the strangest novels I've ever read. And also thanks for that Laban. Frank Field is one of the good ones...
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