Monday, October 18, 2010

On Wednesday I Warn You

We are close to the results of the Spending Review.  Based upon the cavalier attitude the LIberal Democrats are displaying towards manifesto promises, mixed with the a basic amount of political knowledge - I'm reminded of Neil Kinnocks stunning speech from 1983*.

Already we have seen a government determinded to punish the poorest in society and one that is ready to dismantle basic principles of the welfare state.  We are not seeing economic sense, we are seeing political ideology given life and I for one am appalled by it.  

So please, read the following speech but I suggest you alter the opening line to read:
'After George Osbourne announces the results of the Spending Review, I warn you....'

If Margaret Thatcher is re-elected as prime minister on Thursday, I warn you.
I warn you that you will have pain–when healing and relief depend upon payment.
I warn you that you will have ignorance–when talents are untended and wits are wasted, when learning is a privilege and not a right.
I warn you that you will have poverty–when pensions slip and benefits are whittled away by a government that won’t pay in an economy that can’t pay.
I warn you that you will be cold–when fuel charges are used as a tax system that the rich don’t notice and the poor can’t afford.
I warn you that you must not expect work–when many cannot spend, more will not be able to earn. When they don’t earn, they don’t spend. When they don’t spend, work dies.
I warn you not to go into the streets alone after dark or into the streets in large crowds of protest in the light.
I warn you that you will be quiet–when the curfew of fear and the gibbet of unemployment make you obedient.
I warn you that you will have defence of a sort–with a risk and at a price that passes all understanding.
I warn you that you will be home-bound–when fares and transport bills kill leisure and lock you up.
I warn you that you will borrow less–when credit, loans, mortgages and easy payments are refused to people on your melting income.
If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday:
  • I warn you not to be ordinary
  • I warn you not to be young
  • I warn you not to fall ill
  • I warn you not to get old. 

    Take Care Y'all

    John 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday Song- Proud of the BBC



Today's Sunday Song comes courtesy of Radio 4 funny-man Mitch Benn.  By taking an amble through the myriad of programs that the corporation produces, it makes clear just why it is worth being proud of our national institution.

Why have it now? 

Well, partly because we're getting to autumn when lazy summer evenings out fail and we all scurry back indoors - just in time for the latest epic blockbuster ( I would recommend Mark 'Doctor Who & Sherlock Holmes' Gattiss's new programme 'The First Men in the Moon' this coming Tuesday on BBC 4).

Partly because the BBC Archive site has had some brilliant stuff on it recently, including The Egg Race (building stuff), CBBC Broom Cupboard and a fascinating series on the (sadly) unending Gay rights movement.  The highlight of which being a programme called 'The Lord's My Shepard and he Knows I'm Gay -featuring interviews with founding members of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement; 30 year old footage still causing some pause for thought.

Finally because the Beelzebub of the Broadcasting world, Rupert Murdoch, wants to rapidly increase his stake in Sky.  But never fear we can all rely on Buisness Secretary Vince Cable to defend the interests of the nation, that old communist....pscht!  Instead let's turn to people power and fill out the campaign (stating our objection to the plan) from e-xciting e-lobby group 38 Degrees!
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Take Care Y'All

John