The Casual Vacancy – #23

Part Six – Weaknesses of Voluntary Bodies

Still not too sure on the relevance of each of these extracts of the Local Council Administration, I guess without knowing what is coming it is hard to see why they are involved, but even understanding why the extracts were included for some of the past parts has been challenging. I think once I have read everything I will go back and try to figure out the reasoning behind each of these extracts and their inclusion.

Speaking of finishing The Casual Vacancy, this is the penultimate section of the book, and I presume that this and the next one will be completed in one post each, so on the 10th of November this will be finished, and for the next day or two will be analysis and opinion.

I

  • Well Colin Wall’s imaginings of the police coming to his door have come true, but they are looking for Fats, where has he gone? Or do they want to question him about Robbie’s death
  • Wow, they know Fats was there. Are they charging him with negligence?
  • So when the police arrived at the river, Fats ran away, is he gone forever?
  • At least Colin isn’t breaking down, he is actually prepared for such a calamity
  • Andrew won’t know where he is, they aren’t friends any more
  • Um Andrew, this is more serious than your now failed friendship
  • Good boy, tell him the secret hiding spot
  • Tessa you don’t know where you are looking so just be quiet
  • Where is Krystal?
  • Kay, you need to help the Weedon’s, who cares about not being their social worker, this is more important
  • So he was crying?
  • Has he finally seen how life really is and not this inauthentic crap?
  • At least he feels bad about it, better than him not feeling anything

II

  • Sukhvinder should you really hate the man who saved your life? Or was your intention to die?
  • See will need a tetanus shot
  • Hopefully Parminder doesn’t blame Sukhvinder and shows her love instead of ridicule
  • Maybe this will bring everyone together, tragedy has a way of doing that
  • Does Krystal know? What about Terri?
  • OH, Sukhvinder’s arms!
  • I guess that was always going to come out, but Parminder listen to Vikram and give her space
  • It was a bit rich that they wanted Parminder to help in their time of need, but her refusal has probably made them hate her even more
  • At least Parminder and Vikram are now concentrating on Sukhvinder
  • Seriously Miles get over it
  • That would be a smart thing, get rid of the site. But of course you would only do it after it ruined YOUR life
  • I wonder if Howard did see what Shirley was doing
  • So the story starts with death and ends with it too?
  • Poor Robbie!

III

  • At least Tessa and Fats have a chance to talk
  • It’s more than okay to cry Fats
  • Ashamed? You wanted Fats to die? What?
  • I understand Tessa’s reaction, they left a 4/5 year old alone, that is something you CANNOT do, especially not outside. And Fats you wanted to refuse, but you didn’t. How inauthentic is that?
  • I wonder if he did get Krystal pregnant? And it doesn’t look like they would be ready for it anyway
  • We finally get to hear Fats’ story
  • His mother was 14 years old, and she was ‘middle class’
  • They have no idea who the father was, she refused to say
  • Sadly this means he could have been the result of incest
  • Colin didn’t want him, because he didn’t think he was well enough to look after a baby, and that’s fair enough, looking after a child is a big responsibility
  • Tessa wanted him so much that she made Colin lie about his condition
  • OH MY! On the 5th night they had him, Colin went into the car and tried to kill himself with the exhaust!
  • WOW, he was so convinced that he would somehow kill Fats, that he decided to kill himself. That does put Colin in a whole new light
  • So Colin doesn’t love Fats? That’s a lie?
  • You almost should have taken him to the Fields and made him tell Terri, though Terri deserves to hear from someone better than him
  • Where is Krystal?

IV

  • Poor Krystal!
  • Who cares about Fats
  • Terri, this is not about the drugs
  • How can Krystal live now? Knowing she bascially killed her brother? I guess a cruel twist will be that she is pregnant
  • To be honest I don’t care about Gaia and Kay’s fighting
  • What will Kay do?
  • You should be ashamed Gaia
  • Seriously Gaia you are being way too selfish, you just don’t like Pagford, that’s it. Krystal and Terri have lost Robbie
  • Seriously will nobody try to comfort Terri? That’s why Kay needs to go
  • Well Gaia you aren’t wrong
  • Wait! Krystal what are you doing? Don’t start taking drugs!
  • Cheryl is there too now
  • Seriously NO KRYSTAL!
  • NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
  • Hopefully there is not enough time
  • Seriously Krystal don’t, please
  • She’s gone
  • She has overdosed, that’s it
  • This is so full of death, will Howard die too?
  • What is Terri going to do? Will she die too?
  • KRYSTAL!
  • Did not see any of this coming!
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The Casual Vacancy – #22

Just quickly, this blog is not political, and I don’t want to tell you who to vote for. Of course the US Presidential Election is tomorrow/today and I would encourage every American reading this to go out there and vote, for whoever they want. Where I live, voting is compulsory so I don’t really get this voluntary voting thing, and I would never imagine NOT voting if I had the choice. So if you can, go out there and vote! Thank you! And back to the Casual Vacancy

IX

  • What’s your plan Krystal? Have unprotected sex with Fats? And then what?
  • Would they actually give her a house because she was pregnant? Even though she isn’t an adult?
  • Are you sure Fats’ parents will actually give you money?
  • So that’s how you treat ‘a friend’? You don’t even want to see Andrew anymore. Was he ever your friend?
  • Well Krystal, having Robbie has made Fats very reluctant to have a baby with you
  • Why did you want to stay up all night? Was it to prove something? Fats, I think it is you who is the joke
  • Either coins in England are worth a lot, and Fats gave a lot of change, or food is REALLY cheap
  • Krystal what do you think you’ll be doing with Robbie while you too have sex?
  • So you knew Fats that Andrew liked Gaia, and yet you kissed her anyway? THAT is inauthentic
  • Kay didn’t mean to leave you
  • Maybe you should go and see Kay, she was the best woman to help you, silly Mattie
  • Seriously, Fats doesn’t want to have sex with Robbie around, and I can’t blame him
  • Hated the idea of what she was suggesting, yes, but how is that inauthentic? That makes NO sense!
  • So authenticity is what Cubby wouldn’t do, and what Dane Tully or Pikey Pritchard would do? I don’t think you should base your life choices on what two delinquents do
  • Hopefully Fats does become difficult and makes sure that Krystal doesn’t get pregnant.

X

  • Are you still trying to stalk Mary, Gavin?
  • Seriously Gavin! Mary doesn’t like you (as far as I know) and she was your best friend’s wife!
  • Casually walking past Robbie!
  • Gavin, I think Mary doesn’t need your ‘care’ any more
  • Leave Mary! Get as far away from Gavin as possible
  • Yep Miles won, Bellchapel will be closed, and the Fields will be Yarvils problem
  • Interesting that Mary is quite happy that everything Barry was fighting for is now crumbling
  • Mary you are being so harsh on Krystal and you don’t even know what she goes through, but I guess that is what all of us are like
  • Actually Mary most people really do just need someone who cares. Barry and Kay together would have done wonders for the Weedons, it’s just about finding the right fit
  • Who exactly needs help other than the people that you are pushing away? Yes everyone has issues, but why should your issues be more important than ‘theirs’?
  • Gavin tread carefully!
  • Mary watch out!
  • Oh dear Gavin, you’ve admitted it. Probably the first time you’ve actually told someone how you feel about them!
  • Mary doesn’t like you back
  • You can’t take something like that back. Ever.
  • Hmm Barry always suspected Gavin liked Mary
  • Mary don’t be polite. You don’t like him, and he’s made it too awkward

XI

  • Howard the only reason you feel unwell, is guilt
  • Liar!
  • People can be very sneaky and hide things from you, but usually you should be able to tell, unless you don’t pay attention
  • Awkward, Lexie has come over so Sam and Miles can work things out, and yet Shirley and Howard need time to work things out too
  • What would Howard say to Maureen though? That they were found out? That she should lie? Or just be prepared?
  • Strange how one piece of information changes everything
  • Of course Gaia didn’t show, probably had a nasty hangover. And Sukhvinder well where is she?
  • I don’t think it is you Shirley that people would despise, it should be Howard. HE was the one who cheated on you, not you! Even though I dislike her, the fact that Shirley would be attacked or hated because her husband cheated on her, is just wrong
  • I wonder how many people saw the post? Did anyone?
  • Awkward for Andrew!
  • At least Andrew has a defense
  • What are you doing Shirley?

XII

  • Oh dear, Robbie, stay put, we don’t want things to happen to you, or for you to see or hear something you shouldn’t
  • Krystal you should have thought of this
  • Gavin is coming back
  • Well Gavin you’ve lost Kay, so you’ll just have to deal with your misery by yourself
  • Robbie is about to run off, and what will Krystal do?
  • Is Sam going to do something about this four/five year old wandering around by himself?
  • Where did Krystal go?
  • Are you really going to ignore a screaming young child Shirley?
  • Are you going to try and kill Howard? With the epiPen? What do you think you are doing?
  • Krystal is still there, but I guess Robbie has just gotten confused

XIII

  • Everyone seems to be out and about today!
  • Building society pass book? What is that? And what is it used for?
  • Oh, of course, Sukhvinder feels so betrayed by Gaia! How did I not realise this!
  • How could Gaia do that! She starts out attacking Sukhvinder’s bully and then kisses him!
  • It is a real pity that Sukhvinder doesn’t know the whole story, and that Gaia doesn’t like Fats (I think he was just a rebound after Marco)
  • Does Gaia even remember?
  • What are you going to do Sukhviner? Where are you going?
  • Krystal has finally noticed that Robbie isn’t where he was supposed to
  • HOLY SHIT! He’s in the river!
  • Sukhviner just jumped in!
  • She’s going to be a hero? As long as she doesn’t get dragged under too

XIV

  • Where is Howard?
  • Shirley? Justice? You are going to give him adrenaline? And then what? You will be caught and be sent to jail!
  • People really don’t seem to think things through…
  • WHAT! Howard is dead?
  • Well he is close to it! Is Shirley going to save him
  • Um Shirley, you haven’t done anything! Ring the ambulance!
  • Orrbank Cottage? What?
  • Wouldn’t adrenaline save him?

XV

  • Good to see that Miles goes to Parminder even though they hate each other
  • Parminder you have to!
  • You have to go, even if you are suspended you can save his life, and then he will drop the case
  • Oh is the ambulance for Sukhvinder?
  • Did you save him?
  • Nope, Sukhvinder had to be saved by someone else
  • NO! Robbie’s DEAD!
  • Is the ambulance coming for both things? It better!
  • NO JOKE! So much has happened!

So Robbie is dead? Howard nearly died! Krystal could be pregnant! Sukhvinder was close to dying too, and tried to save Robbie. Shirley was trying to kill Howard, but didn’t need to do anything since he was nearly dead. Maureen is oblivious to what is going on, which she would hate. Sam and Miles are in troubled times. Gavin is alone. Mary feels awkward because of Gavin. Andrew feels awkward because of Sam. Gaia knows nothing and probably made Sukhvinder so keen to save Robbie. Terri doesn’t know about her son being dead. Is Krystal with Robbie? What is Fats doing? Is he thinking about the authenticity? Parminder didn’t try to help Howard, even though I’m sure she could of. And if she did help, wouldn’t that have made them grateful? And Simon, Colin, Terri, Kay, Ruth and Vikram are all absent. So much interconnection! What on earth is going to happen next, and tie off everything?

The Casual Vacancy – #20

Finally back to reading The Casual Vacancy! So we just had Kay and Gavin break up, and Krystal and Fats basically about to make a baby, and the election is over! The results of the election will come out soon, and I don’t think anyone deserves to win. And we just had Parminder break down in the Council Meeting. What else is going to happen?

Part Five – Privilege

  • Can anyone claim privilege, or is this just for councillors?
  • How can you defame someone without malice?
  • Is this connected to the defamatory comments on the site? Is Shirley going to be sued?

I

  • Abandonment is a real issue, and Terri has never recovered with all the people leaving her
  • Seriously Mattie, why did you decide to come back and take Terri away from Kay, who was actually getting somewhere for once, unlike you!
  • You don’t even know who you are trying to help! I know it’s an awfully difficult job, but if you don’t want to do it, don’t
  • And Mattie decides to tell Terri that Bellchapel will most certainly close, which I’m sure will just make Terri think everything is pointless and give up
  • That’s interesting that they have neon lighting in the bathrooms so people can’t find their veins to inject, quite clever actually
  • And since Terri will have to see Dr Parminder, she won’t want to continue with her methadone
  • At least Krystal thinks that Parminder had nothing to do with Nana Cath’s death
  • Is this it? Has Krystal left her home for good (with Robbie in tow)?
  • She tries to go to Nikki’s, like she normally would, but Nikki’s mum isn’t letting her stay with Robbie
  • So back they go, and Terri takes Robbie off of Krystal, and slams the door in her face
  • Seriously you believe Obbo over your daughter?
  • Obbo just sticks around for the sex and to use you Terri, not because he cares
  • Jealous? How can people be jealous of Obbo? Especially Krystal?
  • Yes Obbo does help out on the odd occasion, but he does more harm than good
  • Krystal doesn’t return the next day, and Terri is running out of food, cigarettes and Robbie wants Krystal back. Does she need any more proof that Krystal does everything?
  • Terri has found Krystal’s stash of precious things, and sees Terri’s watch, and assumes that Krystal must have gotten it from Nana Cath, which makes her basically jealous
  • So Terri takes the watch, and decides to go shopping, but Robbie takes too long getting ready, and so she slaps him
  • Don’t let Obbo do anything, he is using you
  • So you actually go and sell Krystal’s watch?
  • At least Terri tells him not to bring any drugs with him
  • Can you go somewhere else for the methadone?

II

  • Here come the results!
  • Honestly Howard you have to tell everyone at the same time, but since you are so excited, I guess Miles won
  • Sam and Libby are about to leave
  • Miles won, with basically two votes for every one Colin received, not great news, but then again, maybe Miles can be different?
  • You don’t care at all Sam
  • Oh no, is Sam going to miss out on seeing her obsession?
  • Seriously Harriet? Not everything is about you, Sam just wants to perve at the bandmember (sorry I’ve forgotten his name!)
  • Sam will definitely reject this offer right? She wants to go
  • Liar!
  • Poor Sam, she can’t say no now!

III

  • You don’t have to do anything Gavin, but I do hope you don’t hit onto Mary anymore
  • Gavin are you actually delusional! Do you think Mary likes you back?
  • ‘Looking after her for Barry’? Seriously, you don’t see this as an issue?
  • She won’t be alone forever, she has her children, and she can find someone else, just NOT YOU
  • Moving up in the world Andrew, a waiter at a party
  • Maybe you will have a chance now that Marco is not in the picture, but it’s still only a small one
  • Seriously Simon, if Andrew is making himself look nice, there is nothing wrong with that
  • Go get a job Simon, you useless waste of space! What’s that? Don’t like hearing your own advice?
  • At least Howard is nice to Andrew
  • Howard has a daughter?
  • Oh Patricia! Don’t they hate her? Or dislike her?
  • That’s brazen Gaia, nearly got caught! Plus that is technically illegal
  • Why does Maureen wear such clothes? I mean, each to their own, but why?
  • Need I remind you Shirley that you are NOT on the Council, you are just the secretary (aren’t you?)
  • Seriously you hate Patricia? Is she ‘not woman-like’ enough? Does she ‘disgrace’ you?
  • Oh, she is a lesbian! Of course Shirley doesn’t approve, the old hag! So rude of you Shirley, terribly rude
  • What Parminder does, has nothing to do with Sukhvinder, children have no control over what their parents do, or anyone does, so don’t tarnish them with the same brush
  • Contagious? Eczema? Clearly you don’t know as much as you think you do
  • Really Howard, you want to be seen ordering around Gaia?
  • Awkward! For both Gaia and Gavin, but more so Gavin, as Gaia explains for him
  • Shirley and Maureen are just despicable, I am curious and sometimes nosey, but these two are just way over the top
  • Sam has come to the party, in the band t-shirt!
  • Miles don’t be a mummy’s boy, and defend your mother every second of the day, she isn’t a saint
  • So instead of the band, you want to perve on Andrew?
  • The graft? Are you a gardener?
  • Yes Howard a ‘self-starter’, I didn’t think that meant taking money from your mother
  • I like Sam, but don’t at the same time, her persistence for the truth and cutting through the lies is nice
  • Gavin you sound almost like Colin!
  • Oh dear Gavin, what are you going to do? Move to Liverpool, stalking Mary?
  • Do you really think Gaia is a virgin?
  • I don’t think Sukhvinder will want a drink…
  • Lexie you can’t drink yet, just wait
  • Howard is just about to announce Miles as the next councillor, but he can’t wait until next time

The Casual Vacancy – #16

VIII

  • First time we have really heard from Gaia. I guess we have basically met all the major characters, unless there are some more surprises left for us
  • Isn’t the peace, quiet and the slow life just relaxing though?
  • Change is tough
  • Good to see Sukhvinder is going to get a friend
  • People can be so insensitive about other religions. It does sound a tad confusing, but really all religions are fundamentally the same
  • Sukhvinder likes Pagford for the reasons that Gaia hates it
  • Thinking ‘white’ as a minority would be a real shock to some people, but they just need to wake up
  • It is so embarassing, how cans he cope
  • Gaia can see what Kay cannot, and she even can see Andrew and his feelings towards herself
  • Strange to think that Gaia is so comfortable with boys staring at her, that she just accepts it
  • For I second I thought I had missed something and that it just said that Gaia and Andrew had had sex!
  • If he is 18, why isn’t he getting the condoms himself? Instead of Gaia stealing them from her mother (who surely must notice)?
  • Sorry Gaia, but he’ll probably cheat, no matter what he’s told you
  • They can leave the school grounds? I am so confused as to how old these kids are, can all kids at this high school leave the grounds? Or just the oldest? Must be everyone…
  • Oh dear! Krystal what are you doing? It isn’t Sukhvinder’s fault in the slightest. And really Nana Cath was getting old, so not everything is someone’s fault
  • Lucky timing
  • I guess Sukhvinder thought that Krystal wasn’t ‘one of them’ and was almost a friend. But who knows with Krystal. She is just like a lot of people that are so different with their friends compared to when their friends aren’t around
  • Truanting is not a good idea
  • Drowning? That isn’t peaceful, that would be traumatic
  • Let’s hope Tessa can help Sukhvinder
  • Telling someone is usually the best option, and it let’s you get everything off of your chest
  • Well Krystal has been talking to her family
  • OH! You just told Tessa about Fats and Krystal!!!!! That would have caused a stir! But Tessa can’t do a thing

IX

  • Can’t blame you for not wanting to go anywhere near Howard and the Mollisons
  • Oh, Kay when will you see?
  • Good on you Kay for taking the offensive against Howard and protecting the Fields and the clinic
  • Colin? Have an affair? I don’t think so
  • No, she isn’t the reporter, you don’t have to worry
  • Hopefully Kay can make a candidate out of Colin
  • What can a mother do?
  • Is that why he is Fats, cause he eats a lot but stays thin?
  • Kay is very prepared
  • Calm down Tessa!
  • Well done, didn’t let it slip twice, but Tessa knows who you are talking about anyway
  • No Tessa, Sukhvinder is NOT wrong
  • How come Barry started the rowing team? Did he used to row?
  • Barry sounds almost too good to be true, I hope there are no skeletons in his closet
  • Stats alone don’t win elections

X

  • Secrets don’t usually stay secret for very long
  • Sometimes though, when people actually know what is going on, they aren’t mad, they aren’t going to belittle you, they actually help you, and things aren’t so bad
  • Do Sukhvinder’s parents realise she has dyslexia? Because that can make learning so much more difficult, so it isn’t her fault she isn’t as perfect as someone without it.
  • This piece of land sounds like a lot of trouble, why don’t they just give the land to those people who are actually living there?
  • Parminder knows, and she doesn’t look happy
  • Seriously this sort of disapproval and lecturing doesn’t work! And Parminder doesn’t even understand what is going on, and doesn’t really give her a chance to explain
  • Sorry Parminder, but if Krystal Weedon was yelling at you, and threatening to bash you with a couple of her mates, I don’t think you would try and stand there and talk it out with her
  • Parminder you have just given Sukhvinder more ammunition in her self-loathing, you haven’t helped her at all
  • OH! Sukhvinder wants to get her revenge, and she might do it just like Andrew
  • Yes, Shirley had not deleted the user, so The Ghost of Barry Fairbrother, strikes again!
  • What did Parminder do? What happened on New Years Eve? Was it something with Barry? Oh god, if it was, Mary will be devastated

XI

  • Another funeral
  • Very sad that Terri doesn’t know who Robbie’s father really is
  • Terri you should go
  • Even if it means facing those you hate, but if you don’t go, then they’ll just think you haven’t changed a bit, and are disrespectful
  • Oh no, Obbo is coming over, for ‘business’, don’t go and use Terri, you’ve done so well
  • Now you’ve made Krystal miss the funeral!
  • OF course it is blood Fats fault that Krystal had a go at Sukhvinder!
  • Fats did get it wrong, well, we don’t know for sure, but I don’t think Parminder did any wrong
  • Good on you Krystal, looking out for your mum
  • See you could have both gone to the funeral and come back
  • Why don’t you help her Obbo? Or is it just because you want money?
  • So close Terri, almost got away. Why do you have to be so mean Obbo?
  • Oh no! Go away Obbo!
  • NO, NO, NO! F*** off Obbo!
  • DIE OBBO, DIE!
  • If you get her pregnant. God help you
  • Sorry Krystal, Barry’s dead, but Obbo doesn’t know
  • Poor Krystal!
  • Terri, he did
  • Krystal, go to the police!
  • Why couldn’t Barry still be around?
  • Even Terri had liked Barry!
  • You can’t have Obbo’s baby Krystal
  • Where can you go Krystal?
  • Don’t get pregnant no matter who it is Krystal! Not Fats!
  • Fats is most certainly strange
  • You don’t have to have a baby Krystal!

What a shocking end to the ‘part’, I wasn’t expecting Krystal to get raped! Who cares about the election anymore! This story is about Krystal, and what is going to happen next, the election is just the background plot.