Thursday, 22 June 2017

Eric Prydz - Pjanoo



How Did We Get Here, Part Two

Viciousbutfair, Going Postal
The 60s - From Beat to Beatles

Trying to explain the rise of the left from my personal  experiences in the first part of this article I looked at the 1950s.
Post war Britain, genuine austerity amidst rationing, piles of fenced off rubble where Jerry had paid a visit still existed in places.
Teddy boys and Beatniks were the first signs of a new generation trying to forge its own identity.
The Teds were not political, their ideology consisted of jiving, drinking, fighting and a quick shag. If they could combine all four in one day then life was good. They would morph during the late 50s into Rockers and continue in the grand, time honoured tradition.

Beatniks had different roots however, their influence was not rock and roll, they stemmed from the Beat generation, a post war American school of thought.
Their mentors, amongst others, were Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, James Baldwin and Allen Ginsberg.
They would not be rocking around the clock anytime soon. They listened to Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, they smoked a bit of dope and they read poetry.
Not Emily Dickinson poetry but angry stuff like Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’. It opens with this;


Thoughts on the Finsbury Park attack

Mr Cloud, Going Postal
In the early hours of Monday, 19th June 2017 a Citroen van from a Pontyclun hire company ploughed into a crowd of Muslim pedestrians in Finsbury Park, North London near to the local mosque leading to the death of one, named as Makram Ali and the maiming of several others - some with life changing injuries. Videos filmed in the immediate aftermath showed a distressing, chaotic scene with bodies strewn all over the ground, including elderly with walking sticks and a man in a wheel chair.

The driver of the seemingly deliberate act was heard apparently screaming "kill me" as an angry crowd surrounded and restrained him and that wanted to "kill all Muslims" and "did his bit". He was later identified after being taken into custody by the police as a 48 year old unemployed man from the Cardiff suburb of Pentwyn. Neighbours described him as "aggressive" and "strange", who on one occasion called a 12 year old Muslim "inbred". It is alleged that in an incident in a pub in Cardiff the day before the attack which led him being thrown out, that he ranted about his hatred of Muslims and seemed particularly exercised by the al Quds Day march planned for Sunday in London which he declared he was "going to do something about them" while seen taking notes. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Progressive Politics, Polarisation and Populism, Part Three

Coloniescross, Going Postal
When I started this series of 3 articles I had no idea that before they were finished we would be seeing a wave of populism in our politics that hasn’t been there for a very long time.

The Sudden Popularity of Populism

Britain, reeling from a couple of Islamic terror attacks carried out by Muslim men, inspired by the Qu’uran and egged on by crazed ISIL propagandists was fast approaching a General Election. We weren’t to know at the time but this election would see UKIP implode. Leave voters would revert to their tribal ways and vote Tory or Labour. Both factions doing so, I imagine, in a frantic bid to keep the other out of power. Over 80% of those who voted did so for one of these two main parties. I write this to provide some context for this article.

We were already seeing, in the early stages of campaigning, a lack lustre complacent performance from a somewhat shy and inept incumbent Prime Minister. This was in stark contrast to a challenger who “came out of his shell” so to speak. The Tories were, theoretically at least, guaranteed a landslide but in the background a certain John McDonnell kept telling anyone who would listen;  “Just wait, when Jeremy gets to the hustings and starts speaking to people you’ll see what he’s really like. He’s honest and genuine and people will vote for him. We will win this election”.


The State Opening of Parliament


The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen's Speech sets out the government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation. It is the only regular occasion when the three constituent parts of Parliament – the Sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons – meet.


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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

White House Press Briefing 20th June 2017



The Constantinople Campaign, Part Two

Cynic, Going Postal

Next morning Richard and his manservant Dixon, who had accompanied him throughout the campaign, and given a  good account of himself in battle at Richard's side on several occasions, were driven in a two horse carriage  to the airfield outside the city where the great airship Bismarck was tethered. They went aboard, and as Dixon  settled Richard's baggage into his cabin, Richard checked that the trunks and chests of soldiers mail and  diplomatic baggage for which he was responsible had been properly stowed. He exchanged greetings with his  colleagues from Yorkshire and Wessex, who were about similar business, and whom he knew well.They nodded to  their equivalents from Serbia, Montenegro, some of the north Italian city states, Spain, Portugal and France  who would be landed before they reached Britain,stopping at Winchester, Tamworth and York.The Scandinavians  would be the last to leave before the airship finally reached Berlin. Richard was looking forward to the trip.  He wanted to get home to visit his family, but he knew from experience that the food, drink, service and  conversation were likely to be congenial. He intended to talk to his foreign colleagues and obtain what news  and gossip was available, particularly anything that might be useful for his intended book about the war.It  would be pleasant to sit with good companions, enjoying a meal, or a fine vintage as they chatted and looked  out over the landscape moving slowly beneath them.