Let the bells ring out in celebration

Great news in Gilead. There is a reconciliation between The Flame Haired Temptress and Ofluke.

Fear of the great conflagration has driven them into each others arms.Great was the joy in that place and great was the delight.

The madness had lifted and all was bright in that good morning

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Londons Calling – Clash, whats the word – covers, tribute, whatever act at the 100 Club.

40th anniversary of the release of the first Clash album, played in its entirety and then a bunch of their other best known songs.

Good fun, got a bit kareoke at times but still most enjoyable.

Audience full of men of a certain age, waistline and hairline.

Separated at Birth

Count Arthur Strong

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and Len McClusky

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A Poem Inspired by Pointless

My trouser waistband is to tight

I loosen it, alone at night,

And then they drop, I feel a fool

I’m taken to the ducking stool

I float, therefore I am a witch

Trousers unravel, I cannot stitch

Where are my braces, where my belt

My scarlet waistcoat made of felt

And suede and linen, also bark

I wear it walking in the park

But it is lost and so am I

And so farewell and so goodbye

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

Don’t know why it has taken me 20 years to read this. A lovely lovely book.

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Double bill at the Blackheath Halls. Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell. Both very funny, both very good, both highly recommended

Leaked Labour Manifesto

These are the key points from the leaked Labour manifesto with my comments in brackets.

  • Respect the Brexit referendum result (NO) and give a meaningful vote on any deal to parliament.(IF YOU CANT STOP IT THEN YES TO THIS) EU citizens living in the UK would have their rights guaranteed unilaterally. (YES) Theresa May’s Brexit white paper would be replaced with a plan that aims to retain the benefits of the customs union and single market.(REALISTICALLY THAT AINT GOING TO HAPPEN)
  • Bring parts of the energy industry into public ownership and introduce a local, socially owned energy firm in every area. Also introduce an “immediate emergency price cap” to make sure dual fuel bills stay below £1,000 a year.(YES, BUT BRING IT ALL IN)
  • Nationalise the railways.(YES)
  • Phase out tuition fees.(YES, BUT SCRAP THEM IMMEDIATELY AND WRITE OFF ANY EXISTING STUDENT DEBT)
  • Make more funds available for childcare and social care.(YES)
  • Retain the Trident nuclear deterrent. (NO) A sentence from earlier drafts saying that a prime minister should be “extremely cautious” about using a weapon that would kill “millions of innocent civilians” has been removed.
  • Place “peace, universal rights and international law” at the heart of foreign policy,(YES) while committing to spend 2% of GDP on defence, as required by Nato.(NO, UNLESS SIMILAR COMMITTMENTS ARE MADE IN OTHER AREAS OF PUBLIC SPENDING_
  • Make zero-hours contracts illegal.(YES, YES, YES)
  • Build 100,000 new council houses per year.(YES, BUT NOT ENOUGH)
  • Complete HS2 from London to Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Scotland.(NO SCRAP IT, SPEND THE MONEY ON SOMETHING ELSE)
  • Borrow £250bn to invest in infrastructure (YES) but stick to the fiscal credibility rule to balance day-to-day spending.(NO) Also raise taxes for people earning more than £80,000 and reverse corporation and inheritance-tax cuts.(YES)
  • Insulate homes of disabled veterans for free.(OK)
  • Extend the right to abortion to Northern Ireland.(YES)
  • Oppose a second Scottish referendum.(NO)
  • Lower the voting age to 16.(YES)
  • Employ 1,000 more border guards.(WHY?)
  • End the badger cull, keep the fox-hunting ban and support a ban on wild animals in circuses, as well as protecting bees by banning neonicotinoids.(YES)
  • Extend the Freedom of Information Act to private companies running public services.(YES)
  • Review universal credit cuts with a view to reversing them.(YES, BUT JUST REVERSE THE DAMN THINGS)
  • Recognise the benefit that immigrants (YES) have brought but introduce fair rules and reasonable management, (NO, SOUNDS LIKE A LIMIT/RESTRICTION, I AM FUNDAMENTALLY OPPOSED TO THAT) working with employers that need to recruit from abroad but deterring exploitation.(YES)

On the face of it a lot to support there, some things I don’t like and some omissions I would like to see.

Conservative Farm

So UKIP have been wiped out in the local elections. But is that any real cause for celebration. Why is there any need to vote UKIP, the conservatives have stolen all their policies.

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

Escaping the Bubble

I didn’t see the result of the last general election coming, I didn’t see the result of the EU referendum coming. Like a lot of people I was in a bubble, surrounded by people who generally think the way I do.

I am still in the bubble, but the people who think the way I do are getting fewer and fewer.

So here are my predictions

  1. The Conservatives will win the election
  2. Their majority will increase but I don’t think it will be of landslide proportions (not as big as Blair’s first 2 victories)
  3. In five years time we will be a poorer, meaner, nastier, less unified country
  4. Theresa May will comprehensively fuck us all over
  5. By 2022 the streets will burn

 

 

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The Unthanks at the Albany Deptford for performance of Diversions 4 – The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake.

In some small way the world is a better place for having The Unthanks in it.