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The fiction is already there. The writer's task is to invent the reality." -- JG Ballard. || "You try running with your sagging breasts down the middle of the fucking street. People will throw a blanket over you. And grab you. And call the police. For fuck's sake." -- Germaine Greer.http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/noreply@blogger.com (septicisle)Blogger4030125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-6457989504849336015Mon, 23 May 2016 20:33:00 +00002016-05-23T21:34:27.966+01:00film reviewfilmsgiallosgood bad film clubnon-politicsWhat Have You Done to Solange?Good bad film club #4: What Have You Done to Solange?<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4lHIw3OG518/V0NotlX7GCI/AAAAAAAAAek/vrFb1YNby382SIpno8uCPWg2VsI6b1_yQCLcB/s1600/large_what_have_you_done_to_solange_X01_blu-ray_.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="225" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4lHIw3OG518/V0NotlX7GCI/AAAAAAAAAek/vrFb1YNby382SIpno8uCPWg2VsI6b1_yQCLcB/s400/large_what_have_you_done_to_solange_X01_blu-ray_.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><br />(Previously: <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2015/09/septicisles-good-bad-film-club-1.html">Nightmare City</a>, <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/septicisles-good-bad-film-club-2-burial.html">Burial Ground</a> and <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/bad-film-club-3-sexworld.html">SexWorld</a>.)<br /><br />(Expect potentially a fair few more of these over the next month, as if expected politics over the four weeks to come turns into one long scare-athon, I really can't be doing with pretending to be interested in or attempting to referee between one side claiming house prices will fall by 18% if we leave and the other saying the EU makes it <a href="http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/05/why-wont-boris-stop-talking-about-bananas/">illegal to sell bunches of bananas</a> in twos and threes.&nbsp; A plague, frankly, on both their houses.&nbsp; I'm also not here the week of the referendum, just as I wasn't for the Scottish vote.&nbsp; Good timing, eh?)<br /><br />This will probably be taken as proof of my lack of credibility on Italian genre cinema, but I really don't care for a good number of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000783/?ref_=tt_ov_dr">Dario Argento's acclaimed earlier works</a>.&nbsp; Sure, I'm quite partial to his first three films, the ones that picked up effectively where Mario Bava had left off with the all but creation of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giallo">giallo</a>, but when it comes to Deep Red, Suspiria and especially <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080923/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_17">Inferno</a>, I'm just left cold.&nbsp; Deep Red fails to satisfy, and Inferno I simply find tedious.&nbsp; Yes, it opens well with Rose Elliot plunging into water in the basement of her apartment complex, has the usual striking visuals and looks gorgeous, but the surrealism does nothing for me.&nbsp; I'm the same with Lucio Fulci's films from the same period: everyone usually raves about <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082307/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">The Beyond</a>, which is by far his most Argento-like work, whereas I just see a mess of gory setpieces without anything really connecting them together.&nbsp; Sit me down in front of either Zombi 2 or City of the Living Dead though, or when it comes to Argento his 80s films Tenebrae and Phenomena, and I'll lap them up.<br /><br />So it is with <span itemprop="director" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0198014?ref_=tt_ov_dr" itemprop="url"><span class="itemprop" itemprop="name">Massimo Dallamano</span></a>'s 1972 giallo <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068416/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt">What Have You Done to Solange?</a>&nbsp; By the standards of the giallo, it's a fairly straightforward, relatively lacking in outright sleaze little number.&nbsp; To describe it in such terms is undoubtedly to do it a grave disservice: by the standards of 1972 it's still a really quite nasty picture, while also being very much of its time.&nbsp; The BBFC rejected it outright back in 1973, around the same time as they were letting through films such as the Exorcist, A Clockwork Orange, Straw Dogs and no doubt some others I've forgot uncut, if with very much in the way of controversy.&nbsp;<a href="http://bbfc.co.uk/releases/what-have-you-done-solange-video"> Even in 1996 it was still being cut for video release</a> by 2m 15s, no doubt lopping off practically everything that explains why the killer is murdering his victims in the way he is.</span><br /><span itemprop="director" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"><br /></span><span itemprop="director" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person">Anyway, we're getting ahead of ourselves.&nbsp; Dallamano is probably best known for his work as a cinematographer, lensing two of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058461/?ref_=nm_flmg_cin_7">A Fistful of Dollars</a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059578/?ref_=nm_flmg_cin_3">For a Few Dollars More</a>.&nbsp; He most certainly brings a cinematographer's eye to Solange, as from the very opening of the film, as we watch the two stars Fabio Testi and Christine Galbo, playing Enrico and Elizabeth respectively </span><span itemprop="director" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"><span itemprop="director" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person">through the leaves of trees on the bank, </span>pawing at each other in a punt as they float down what we soon learn is meant to be the Thames, this is a giallo that takes great care with its composition.&nbsp; Shot in 2.35.1 ratio, it never looks anything less than beautiful, the colours eye-popping.&nbsp; The cinematographer responsible below Dallamano is none other than </span>Aristide Massaccesi, aka <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001090/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr6">Joe D'Amato</a>, notorious shlock director behind the Black Emanuelle series, the video nasties Absurd and<b> </b>Anthropophagus, and in later years, a huge number of hardcore features.&nbsp; That he was supremely talented, if not at directing, will come as a shock to some.<br /><br />Enrico and Elizabeth's heavy petting session comes to a halt when Elizabeth is sure she caught a glimpse of something happening on the bank.&nbsp; With the frustrated Enrico unable to find anything amiss, he drives his younger lover back into the city.&nbsp; For yes, this is a giallo set in the London of the early 70s, although it's not exactly clear why, being an Italian-German co-production.&nbsp; Set mainly around Kensington and Chelsea, with the obligatory shots of the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and other landmarks, it nonetheless even in these limited circumstances infinitely cranks up the interest level, at least for this Brit.&nbsp; Enrico it turns out is more than a bit of a cad: not only is he cheating on his wife Herta, played by a dressed down Karin Baal, he's also a teacher at the exclusive Catholic girls' school attended by Elizabeth.<br /><br />Now, while it's never made clear precisely how old Elizabeth and her schoolfriends are meant to be, although one guesses 17/18, we are obviously in distinctly dodgy territory.&nbsp; Films based around the exploits of barely legal schoolgirls were very much the rage at the time, and this is one of the tamer examples.&nbsp; Nonetheless, that the entire film is based around the very sexual murder of teenage girls, whatever their age, even if in the denouement this is rationalised, the film could very easily be classed as misogynist.&nbsp; It definitely has a conservative view of the world, that's for sure.<br /><br />Indeed, the way things pan out, you could almost define it as a Catholic work as a whole.&nbsp; Enrico starts out as this lothario, apparently determined to split from his frumpy German wife to be with the nubile Elizabeth, only for the pair's marriage to be rekindled and saved by err, Elizabeth's untimely demise, drowned by the killer in order to cover his tracks.&nbsp; Enrico is predictably fingered as a potential suspect after her murder at their flat for just such liaisons, only Herta is convinced that her straying husband, while a bastard, isn't a killer.&nbsp; Galbo's death comes as a shock, despite it being an obvious take from Psycho of the killing off of one of the main stars.<br /><br />From this point on, the film flips on its axis into familiar giallo tropes: Enrico is the amateur sleuth working alongside the police, determined to both clear his name and find the slayer of his almost lover, as we're soon told that Elizabeth was in fact still a virgin, unlike the other classmates already murdered.&nbsp; This is despite us being shown a scene that clearly shows Enrico and Elizabeth in the presumed midst of sex.&nbsp; But hey, this is a giallo, we're not looking for everything to make perfect sense, are we?<br /><br />Everything is in any case wrapped up neatly by the end.&nbsp; Solange herself, in something only an Italian genre of this type could probably ever get away with, isn't so much as mentioned until we're three quarters of the way through the film.&nbsp; Never mind What Have You Done to Solange, Who The Fuck is Solange?&nbsp; Solange once she turns up is played by none other than a mute <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0444169/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t7">Camille Keaton</a> in her first film role, best known for playing Jennifer, the rape victim turned avenger in I Spit on Your Grave, one of the video nasties still cut by the BBFC to this day.&nbsp; Without giving any further spoilers, there's a reason why Solange is the way she is, rather than being born in the state we see her in, and it involves all the previous victims.<br /><br />...Solange is by some distance the best film I've covered yet in this series, to the point where it's a bit of a cheat to even include it.&nbsp; There are a whole host of things wrong with the film, most of which are amusingly pointed out by Alan Jones and Kim Newman on their superb commentary track featured as an extra on <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Have-Solange-Format-Blu-Ray/dp/B01555NYLG">the similarly brilliant Arrow Blu-ray release</a>, yet none which really detract from it so much that it prevents it from being one of the finest giallos I have yet seen.&nbsp; Jones says it's easily in his top ten, which is praise indeed from the author of a book on Argento.&nbsp; Everything about the Arrow release exudes class: the film has been given a glorious transfer, there's a visual essay on the film and its semi sequels by Michael Mackenzie, and then there's the <a href="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/dKopXxDWGVM/maxresdefault.jpg">newly commissioned artwork</a>, which manages to top even the original exceptional poster art.&nbsp; Whatever your taste in films, give this one a go.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/good-bad-film-club-4-what-have-you-done.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-1093722778073521910Fri, 20 May 2016 21:04:00 +00002016-05-20T22:04:10.748+01:00drum and bassjunglemusicnon-politicsyoutube video postsShadow Boxing VIP.<center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/79wEMtsmrVY" width="480"></iframe><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gcxt0ncyUJA" width="480"></iframe></center>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/shadow-boxing-vip.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-571426154264086123Thu, 19 May 2016 20:27:00 +00002016-05-19T21:27:24.937+01:00injunctionsMail-watchmedia analysismoralitypoliticsprivacyScum-watchsex scandalsSun-watchThe artist subsequently known as PJS.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">It would take a heart of stone <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/may/19/supreme-court-upholds-celebrity-threesome-injunction">not to laugh at the continued failure of the tabloids</a>, News UK in particular, to get the injunction preventing them from making public the <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/orwell-as-ever-had-it-right.html">identity of the person known only as PJS lifted</a>.&nbsp; They must have thought it was a sure thing; how could the supreme court possibly disagree that the identity of PJS had become so well known, thanks to the name being all across social media, published in the National Enquirer, the Sunday Mail, numerous blogs etc, that it would be an absurdity not to let the Sun on Sunday print all the juicy details on the threesome?<br /><br />Never underestimate the potential for <a href="https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2016-0080-judgment.pdf">judges to go against accepted wisdom</a> (judgement PDF), especially when they notice something that's passed everyone else by.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.ipso.co.uk/IPSO/cop.html">IPSO's code of practice</a>, Lord Mance notes, states that an "exceptional public interest would need to be demonstrated to over-ride the normally paramount interests of children under 16".&nbsp; You could of course argue that consenting adults should consider the potential consequences for their children of extra-marital activities, regardless of the agreement of both partners, not least because of the obvious potential for it to cause difficulties down the line.&nbsp; This is not by any means though a justification for a story that all the justices agree has no public interest defence whatsoever to be published.<br /><br />Indeed, I would argue that it's possible in this case to respect the arguments of both Lord Mance for the majority in over-turning the Court of Appeal ruling that the injunction should be set aside, and <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/19/celebrity-threesome-case-risks-undermining-law">Lord Toulson in his lone dissension</a>.&nbsp; It's hard not to respect a judge who risks incurring the wrath of Paul Dacre by directly referencing the paper <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3526916/American-publication-goes-UK-injunction-report-known-celebrity-extra-marital-threesome.html">claiming the law to be an ass</a> due to the publication of PJS's identity elsewhere; if that is the price of applying the law, Mance writes, it is one which must be paid.&nbsp; The court is well aware of the lesson which King Canute gave his courtiers, Mance goes on, in answer to the claims that injunctions in the age of the internet are defunct, with the Lord later quoting a previous ruling by Justice Eady "that wall-to-wall excoriation in national newspapers, whether tabloid or ‘broadsheet’, is likely to be significantly more intrusive and distressing for those concerned than the availability of information on the Internet or in foreign journals to those, however many, who take the trouble to look it up".&nbsp; I would argue that distinction still holds up today, if barely: there is a huge difference between a story appearing on multiple newspaper front pages, available for anyone to see at petrol stations, supermarkets, newsagents etc, whereas online it is still possible to avoid such stories altogether if you so wish.<br /><br />Lord Toulson disagrees, writing that the "court must live in the world as it is and not as it would like it to be", and also that "in this case I have reached a clear view that the story’s confidentiality has become so porous that the idea of it still remaining secret in a meaningful sense is illusory".&nbsp; Toulson does not "underestimate the acute unpleasantness for PJS of the story being splashed, but I doubt very much in the long run whether it will be more enduring than the unpleasantness of what has been happening and will inevitably continue to <br />happen.&nbsp; The story is not going away".<br /><br />It most certainly isn't.&nbsp; The only reason that the papers have been full of stories for the last couple of weeks about a <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Hugh+Bonneville%2Binjunction&amp;ie=utf-8&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;client=firefox-b&amp;gfe_rd=cr&amp;ei=uxQ-V_DdL8XU8gfMmJG4Dw">certain Downton Abbey actor are due to a certain injunction</a> still being in place from years ago.&nbsp; One way or the other, the British media will get a story they want to be out in the open out in the open.&nbsp; They might not make any money out of it, quite the contrary in the case of the Sun, with its legal fees likely to be astronomical, but for those who want to know they'll probably be able to find out.&nbsp; If the case going to trial, with PJS and YMA likely to win, gives them satisfaction and protects their children, then great.&nbsp; More likely however is <a href="http://www.carter-ruck.com/">that Carter-Fuck will go on getting richer</a> while the kiddiwinks will find out one of their parents is partial to threesomes regardless.<br /><br />All the same, coming in the same week <a href="https://www.ipso.co.uk/IPSO/rulings/IPSOrulings-detail.html?id=367">as the IPSO decision</a> that the Sun blatantly breached the editors' code of practice over <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/03/leave-for-queen.html">the QUEEN BACK BREXIT bullshit</a>, with the paper throwing its toys out of the pram in response, saying yes, the <a href="http://zelo-street.blogspot.com/2016/05/suns-eu-royal-non-apology.html">headline was a complete lie</a>, but the one underneath "qualified" it, and the Queen isn't above politics anyway because she called the Chinese rude, for those of us whom enjoy schadenfreude, it's been a fine time.&nbsp; Long may it continue.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-artist-subsequently-known-as-pjs.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-4870992540641633461Wed, 18 May 2016 20:59:00 +00002016-05-18T21:59:06.547+01:00ConservativesDavid CameronEU referendumpoliticsprisonsQueen's speechThe cupboard is bare on purpose.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">We are but a year into a whole 5 of Tory majority rule, and yet to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/18/david-cameron-eu-referendum-blueprint-reunite-tory-party-queens-speech">judge by the thinness of the Queen's speech</a>, it would seem the government is already running out of things to do.&nbsp; This is admittedly somewhat down to how the Tories have succeeding in piloting some of the worst of their policies through the Commons already, with the <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-only-legislation-worse-than.html">Psychoactive Substances Act shortly to come into effect for just one</a>.&nbsp; Conversely, the list of bills is also slighter as a result of opposition from the backbenches: suitably watered down is the schools bill, from forcing all schools to become academies to merely pushing them in the general direction.<br /><br />The real reasons for why the cupboard is bare are obvious.&nbsp; First though, <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-queens-speech-worst-is-here.html">this wouldn't be a Queen's speech post on this blog</a> if I didn't have a moan about the increasingly deranged nature of the spectacle itself.&nbsp; The Queen is now 90 years old, and regardless of your views on the monarchy, the requirement that she carry on getting dolled up to read out the inane bumpf of her latest government surely can't be allowed to go on much longer.&nbsp; Should the Tories ever get round to sorting out their bill of rights, making the head of state read out nonsense about improving the life chances of all will have to be designated cruel and unusual punishment.&nbsp; Dennis Skinner's yearly jokes have <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dennis-skinner-zings-queens-speech-7995683">already regressed to the point where they are statements</a> rather than attempts at humour; why not square the circle and get the Beast of Bolsover to read the damn thing out?<br /><br />No, the real reason the speech has so relatively little to raise ire is that parliamentary politics is <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/june-24th-never-end.html">effectively suspended until June the 24th</a>, by which point it'll almost be time for the summer recess in any case.&nbsp; Anything that might further incense either the Tory backbenchers or for that matter the opposition, never mind the public, has been postponed until after the referendum.&nbsp; Sure, a few on the right will hardly <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/17/skype-ipads-in-cell-education-prison-legislation-queens-speech">be pleased by the proposed prison reforms</a>, especially the idea of some only being locked up at weekends, but they're overwhelmingly likely to be for Leave anyway.<br /><br />Far more instructive than the contents of the speech itself is the way its been spun.&nbsp; The BBC News at 10 has led each night this week on prisons, part of an obvious softening up process for what was coming today.&nbsp; Peter Clarke, former head of anti-terrorism at the Met, author of the main report into the hoax Trojan Horse takeover of schools in Birmingham, apparent friend of the Tories and new independent inspector of prisons was given the kind of platform <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2016/02/a-fundamental-lack-of-imagination.html">never previously afforded to Nick Hardwick</a>, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36317728">in the main to comment on "legal highs" finding their way inside</a>.&nbsp; High profile reporting into the chaos prisons have been descending into is of course welcome, but is hardly telling the full story unless it makes clear the problems have been exacerbated massively by overcrowding and cuts in funding.&nbsp; The bill outlined today, aimed at putting into <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-fundamental-lack-of-imagination.html">law the proposals previously announced by Michael Gove and David Cameron</a> won't make things worse, but nor will they begin to solve them when Cameron continues to argue against the "idea that reform always needs extra spending".<br /><br />Whereas just plain laughable is the idea today's attempts at <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/18/camerons-attempt-to-bury-the-austerity-legacy-queens-speech-verdict">improving "life chances" could ever add up to a legacy for David Cameron</a>.&nbsp; Quite simply, there's nothing there: <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36320412">no one could disagree with the changes to adoption or the "help to save" plans</a>, they're just overwhelmed by the Tories' on-going contradictions.&nbsp; The party can hardly be the great friend of diversity David Cameron claims he wants it to be, forcing universities to be open about their admissions while at the same time <a href="https://www.gov.uk/check-tenant-right-to-rent-documents/who-to-check">encouraging landlords</a> and hospitals to be suspicious of anyone with the wrong skin colour or a foreign sounding name.&nbsp; The party that depicts Sadiq Khan as an extremist, refusing to say London can be safe in his hands cannot be taken seriously on either discrimination or "life chances".<br /><br />But then Cameron has no intention of his legacy being such things.&nbsp; The other reason why the Queen's speech has so little for the Tories to shout about is he still doesn't know if he's going to be around beyond June 24th.&nbsp; If he isn't, he will go down in history for austerity and being the prime minister who through the most abject weakness took Britain out of Europe.&nbsp; If he is, then he most probably has another year in which to further shape how he will be remembered.&nbsp; Chancing leaving Osborne, or worse yet, Boris with his legacy legislation was never an option.&nbsp; Still, should the Leave campaign manage to turn around a seemingly unassailable lead for Remain, then Boris will forever be known as the man who made <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36321169">all porn sites verify their users are 18</a>. </span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-cupboard-is-bare-on-purpose.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-6576888221951288411Tue, 17 May 2016 21:10:00 +00002016-05-17T22:10:00.110+01:00antisemitismLabourmockerypoliticsstupidityThat Lady Royall report into allegations of antisemitism at the Oxford University Labour Club in full.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"></span><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://press.labour.org.uk/post/144505485689/baroness-royall-inquiry">I do not believe that there is institutional antisemitism within Oxford University Labour Club</a></span></li><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><li>However, in order to remove the possibility of any such claims being made in the future, OULC should take action to ensure there is a safe space, i.e. by disbanding immediately in case anyone's feelings get hurt again</li><li>All further allegations of micro-aggressions should be reported immediately to The Telegraph, The Times, or John Mann MP in order to be used against Jeremy Corbyn</li><li>Err...</li><li>That's it</li></span></ul>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/that-lady-royall-report-into.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-3559776374184940946Mon, 16 May 2016 21:45:00 +00002016-05-16T22:45:12.039+01:00Boris JohnsonEU referendumpoliticsScottish independencestupidityJune 24th: never the end.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">By Christ, politics is dispiriting at the moment.<br /><br />Not that it isn't normally.&nbsp; It's just the absolute quality of the nonsense of late.&nbsp; <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/a-politics-we-dont-deserve.html">The entirely confected Labour antisemitism row</a>, that just so happened to coincide with the local elections and has since vanished without trace, just for one.&nbsp; You obviously can't legislate for the newt fancier to suddenly decide to tour TV studios talking about Hitler, but it does show the depths to which a party establishment still unable to face up to how it got itself into this mess will sink.&nbsp; Just look at the anonymous quotes <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/23/the-astonishing-rise-of-jeremy-corbyn">given to Sam Knight for his New Yorker profile of Corbyn</a>.&nbsp; "He is an allotment digger," said one ex-cabinet minister.&nbsp; "Plodding".&nbsp; What does that say about you then, mate?<br /><br />It's also that no one it seems can learn the very simplest of lessons.&nbsp; I hate to keep coming back to this, it's that it's so fucking obvious.&nbsp; If the Scottish referendum campaign taught us anything, it's that it's suicide to share platforms, even if it's for the greater good.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36301975">To see Osborne, Balls and Cable all on a stage together</a>, joined by another of those unacceptable faces of capitalism, Michael O'Leary, it's as though the whole Yes/No neverendum didn't happen.&nbsp; No, Balls and Cable might not be MPs now, having both lost their seats to the Tories, making it all the stranger why they would decide it was in anyone's best interests to play the part of the shit to Osborne's latest round of bull, but that doesn't make a scrap of difference.&nbsp; It still looks like the establishment ganging up together, even if the Leave campaign is just as much the establishment as Remain.&nbsp; There isn't any need for conspiracy theories, as Osborne said, because something that looks very much like a conspiracy to your average passer-by is only made all the more apparent by figures that used to be at each others' throats suddenly making eyes at each other.&nbsp; Talk about a trifecta of dunces, only one joined by someone who would sell you his grandmother and then charge you extra for her handbag.<br /><br />Then we have the Leavers, with Boris himself <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/16/german-politicians-criticise-boris-johnson-for-eu-hitler-comments">deciding to dust down old Adolf</a> and bring him into the debate.&nbsp; Now, it might sound beyond stupid to everyone else, comparing the EU to a dictator who used his military in the attempt to create a united Europe, and that's because it is.&nbsp; It doesn't though to some in the Leave campaign, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/15/boris-johnson-hitler-tory">as Matthew d'Anconservative in one of his lucid moments</a> sets out how comparing the EU to the Nazis has long been a thing.&nbsp; Those on the far-right usually prefer to describe it as the EUSSR, as clearly all EU member states are just vassals to Brussels, with <span class="_Tgc _y9e">Jean-Claude Juncker as Brezhnev.&nbsp; Either way, it's the same thing: the EU has no democratic accountability or credibility.&nbsp; You only need look at how the EU doesn't take for an answer on previous referendums to see that, obviously.</span><br /><span class="_Tgc _y9e"><br /></span><span class="_Tgc _y9e">Which is precisely why as d'Ancona relates, should Leave lose this time, those who want out will just agitate at every turn for a referendum under the 2011 European Union Act, the first attempt at placate Tory backbenchers by Cameron.&nbsp; The merest transfer of power to the EU will then trigger another referendum, another fight, another round of each side calling white black, while everyone else either tunes out or becomes so desperate for the end they consider opening their wrists a viable alternative.&nbsp; June the 24th will never be the end.&nbsp; Leave learned from the SNP.&nbsp; Remain hasn't from the mistakes of the No campaign.</span><br /></span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/june-24th-never-end.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-8848299061798240549Fri, 13 May 2016 21:18:00 +00002016-05-13T22:18:19.288+01:00dubstepmusicnon-politicsyoutube video postsBurn down Babylon.<center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TZDvvpCVZZ8" width="480"></iframe></center>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/burn-down-babylon.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-2076939672886304762Thu, 12 May 2016 19:44:00 +00002016-05-12T20:44:53.409+01:00debatesDominic CummingsEU referendumNigel FaragepoliticsstupidityToriesThe prime of Master Dominic Cummings.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">In the pantheon of spin doctors completely losing the plot, Dominic Cummings' (<a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/cummings-streetings-and-well-poisionings.html">for it was surely he</a>) <a href="https://twitter.com/jimwaterson/status/730524198989385728">freak out out late last night is rather special</a>.&nbsp; It's not quite on the level of <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/jun/28/uk.marketingandpr">Alastair Campbell storming</a> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBWE7QzADe8">into the Channel 4 News studios</a> demanding to be put on the air (but then what is), nor is it <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Saeed_al-Sahhaf">Comical Ali denying the Americans had reached Baghdad</a> as a tank was seen rolling past in the distance, and yet it still feels not that far behind.<br /><br />It really does have it all.&nbsp; Allusion to Goldman Sachs funding Remain, that if made by someone on the left in the current climate would probably prompt accusations of antisemitism and conspiracy theorising?&nbsp; Check.&nbsp; Implication that absolutely everyone and everything is against Leave, and yet still the polls remain at 50-50?&nbsp; Check.&nbsp; Naming of specific journalist with claim they are biased against Leave, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2016/may/12/eu-referendum-vote-leave-threatens-itv-after-farage-invited-to-debate-cameron-politics-live?page=with:block-57343ce8e4b0405426d4c40a#block-57343ce8e4b0405426d4c40a">with spurious allegation that Robert Peston campaigned</a> to join the Euro, the same straw man Cummings and Leave throw at everyone?&nbsp; Check.&nbsp; Attempt at intimidation, with threat that ITV will face the consequences once Leave wins? Check.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/12/vote-leave-lambasts-itv-over-eu-debate-between-cameron-and-farage">Quite why the initial decisions about the debates caused Cummings</a> to lose his shit quite so fantastically is a mystery.&nbsp; What on earth made Leave think that Downing Street would suddenly decide to <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2015/01/mass-debating-debates.html">play hardball any less than</a> <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2015/03/still-mass-debating-debates.html">they did last year</a>, when they successfully bullied the broadcasters into acceding to their demands on the basis there wouldn't be any debates if they didn't?&nbsp; Did they really believe that cowardly custard Dave would be willing to take on Boris or Gove when both intend for this to be their springboard to the Tory party leadership?&nbsp; Far better to go up against Nigel Farage, with his record of being easily riled if the audience dares not to applaud his nonsense, than a fellow Conservative with slightly more self-control.<br /><br />Not that Boris does have more self-control; he'd likely descend into muttering within 10 minutes.&nbsp; You can though see Vote Leave's point: Farage is part of the Grassroots Out group, rather than Vote Leave, and Vote Leave is the official out campaign as designated by the Electoral Commission.&nbsp; If there's going to be anyone sort of facing Dave, <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2015/03/theatre-of-absurd.html">as the ITV "debate" would take the same format as Channel 4's non-debate</a> between Cameron and Miliband did last year, then it ought to be someone from Vote Leave.&nbsp; It shouldn't be up to the government to dictate whom it will or won't face, especially when part of the reasoning is that the Tories don't to further their impression they're at war with each other.&nbsp; Sorry Dave, ought to have come the reply, it's a little late for that now.<br /><br />The fact is the debates have become a prestige event for the different networks, caring far more about holding them come what may rather than whether or not they're in the slightest bit illuminating.&nbsp; <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2015/04/a-complete-waste-of-everyones-time.html">Last year's non-debates were absurdities</a> that should never be repeated, and yet it would seem as though much the same is going to happen only a year later.&nbsp; The referendum has already been one of the most over-covered and somehow still least informative media debacles in recent memory, principally for the reason that the two campaigns agree on almost nothing.&nbsp; Each side accuses the other of scaremongering, and we have nothing remotely approaching an independent adjudicator to separate the complete bullshit from claims slightly more grounded in reality.&nbsp; The debates as proposed would do absolutely nothing to change that.&nbsp; Which, once again, would seem to be the point.<br /></span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-prime-of-mr-dominic-cummings.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-4650988803675970402Wed, 11 May 2016 22:31:00 +00002016-05-12T20:50:48.538+01:00film reviewfilmsgood bad film clubnon-politicspornographySexWorldGood bad film club #3: SexWorld.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z6I18MvX32k/VzOyWkQy5TI/AAAAAAAAAeU/lSOES7Wzy_w-HDp88wSmWF8ezn7GUXS6wCLcB/s1600/sexworldlecombo-05.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="225" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z6I18MvX32k/VzOyWkQy5TI/AAAAAAAAAeU/lSOES7Wzy_w-HDp88wSmWF8ezn7GUXS6wCLcB/s400/sexworldlecombo-05.jpg" width="400" /></a></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">(Previously: <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2015/09/septicisles-good-bad-film-club-1.html">Nightmare City</a> and <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/septicisles-good-bad-film-club-2-burial.html">Burial Ground</a>.)<br /><br />To be a fan of exploitation cinema, and by fan I mean the kind of scuzz lord who finds there to be redeeming qualities to some of the most irredeemable films ever committed to celluloid, it's pretty much a requirement to be either extremely forgiving or to have a highly attuned sense of bad taste.&nbsp; Even so, there are still films that even your friendly neighbourhood gorehound is likely to detest, that could never be described as even remotely approaching art, and yet chances are such a title can bought in HMV, sourced online or streamed at your leisure.<br /><br />Whereas one of the features from the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Age_of_Porn">so-called golden age of porn</a>, when storylines, plot, lavish sets and reasonably high production values will either have to be downloaded (illegally) or imported from overseas.&nbsp; With a few notable exceptions, the BBFC denies features "whose primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation" a normal 18 certificate, instead classifying them at R18, meaning they can only be sold in registered sex shops.&nbsp; While you can then buy <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Realm_of_the_Senses">In the Realm of the Senses</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Idiots">The Idiots</a>, Baise-Moi, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411705/">9 Songs</a> or even <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080491/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Caligula</a> easily, as all have been passed at 18 despite either featuring penetration, hardcore scenes or in the case of 9 Songs being one long advert for actual porn, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069969/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">the Devil in Miss Jones</a> or the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075018/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Opening of Misty Beethoven</a> are verboten.&nbsp; In practice this distinction has been moot since the internet became the biggest sex shop in the world, but it has meant that a UK-based company has never established itself as the number one destination for smut.&nbsp; With such barriers put in the way of distributors, Deep Throat is around the only film from the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Age_of_Porn#.22Porno_chic.22">"porno chic"</a> era to have had even a rudimentary release on DVD in this country.<br /><br />Yep, in America during the 70s, that strangest of decades, for a short time and even only really in the cities, going to see a porno at the cinema was a thing for people other than the dirty raincoat brigade.&nbsp; No one has any idea how much money <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Throat_%28film%29">Deep Throat made</a>, but suffice to say it was a lot.&nbsp; <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_in_Miss_Jones#Box_office">The Devil in Miss Jones took even more</a>.&nbsp; The Washington Post named its Watergate source after Gerard Damiano's mob-funded picture.&nbsp; Bob Hope and Johnny Carson made jokes about it.&nbsp; Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver takes his date to see a porn film.&nbsp; The stage had obviously been set by the skin flicks of the 60s, the rise of exploitation, European mould breakers like Denmark legalising all pornography, mondo pictures and so forth, and yet Deep Throat, a feeble film even by porn standards, for just a moment looked like changing everything.&nbsp; Helen Mirren in her commentary track on Caligula makes clear what seemed possible: the potential that name actors themselves might have to go all the way on camera.<br /><br />It of course didn't happen, and nor has there really ever been an actor to make the crossover and go on to be a huge star.&nbsp; Marilyn Chambers, Traci Lords, James Deen, Sasha Grey, all have tried to do it and none have properly succeeded.&nbsp; Sure, some porn actors might have come close to being household names, but actually go beyond infamy or sniggering to be an A-lister?&nbsp; No chance, surely.<br /><br />And yet for an audience enjoying the shock of the new, helped along by the various obscenity cases brought against Deep Throat, the idea clearly wasn't absurd.&nbsp; In truth, a fair number of the performers of the period, Linda Lovelace sadly excepted, were either amateur thesps or had been in theatrical productions.&nbsp; Georgina Spelvin, star of TDiMJ, was a chorus girl, featured on Broadway; <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kerman">Robert Kerman</a>, the guy who does Debbie in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077415/?ref_=tt_rec_tt">Debbie Does Dallas</a>, was a trained actor turned one of the most unlikely fixtures of the late golden age.&nbsp; Frustrated straight actors unable to pay the bills or wanting to be able to get their own theatrical projects off the ground were persuaded to make a quick buck.<br /><br />By the time <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0127862/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_94">SexWorld</a> debuted in 1978, the era had already almost passed.&nbsp; Video, which would do for the by now often squalid grindhouses screening the new releases, was just around the corner, making it far cheaper to shoot and also providing punters with the opportunity to yank it in the comfort of their own home.&nbsp; AIDS was about to cut down a number of directors and actors, the latter of whom often made both gay and straight features.&nbsp; A few producers carried on shooting on film into the late 80s, and even today there are still a few studios that attempt to build a plot around the sex, but any real money remaining either goes to the niche producers or the porn networks, Brazzers, RealityKings, BangBros et al, churning out scene after scene day after day.<br /><br />All the more reason then for these films from the golden era to be preserved, even if they are never going to be cherished except by a select few.&nbsp; Enter <a href="https://vinegarsyndrome.com/">Vinegar Syndrome</a>, a US distribution company taking it upon themselves to finally do full justice to as many of these features as they can get the rights to.&nbsp; After building a head of steam with their Peekarama double-bill DVD releases, they've started releasing their most <a href="https://vinegarsyndrome.com/cat/blu-ray/">popular and best titles on Blu-Ray</a>, of which SexWorld is the most notable.&nbsp; Directed by Anthony Spinelli, SexWorld does not by any means make a TDiMJ-style case for porn most definitely being art, but is nonetheless a world away from the plastic rigidity of today's gonzo pornography.<br /><br />One feature it does share with some of today's output is that it's almost a parody of Westworld and Futureworld.&nbsp; Almost in that it really only shares the idea of a resort where the customers can live out their desires; the sex partners conjured up by the scientists, after our motley gang have detailed their wants and needs to counsellors most certainly do not rebel.&nbsp; The film is though in step with the changing times, as though it could be otherwise; a shy girl who can only get off by donning a blonde wig while phoning up sex lines (yes, really) is paired with a black man, who is the sensitive lover she always needed, while a racist bigot played by porn stalwart <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Leslie_%28director%29">John Leslie</a> is seduced and converted by the gorgeous, voluptuous <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DesireeWestTheStar/">Desiree West</a>.&nbsp; A couple on the brink of separation thanks to the husband's perverted obsessions are brought back together thanks to him being taught by SexWorld how to satisfy his wife, while more prosaically <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annette_Haven">Annette Haven</a>, the most classically beautiful of all the golden era stars, less feasibly tries a man after tiring of her long-term lesbian lover.<br /><br />Just as important as the sex is the look of the film.&nbsp; While you can't say no expense was spared, especially when the exact same shot of the SexWorld bus travelling along a highway is used twice, the sets most certainly look the part, and naturally there is some very 70s decor: the boudoir of one of our couples features a mural that shouts BEEF.&nbsp; As for the performances beyond the ones in the bedroom, Kay Parker is especially persuasive as the disgusted partner, while Leslie and Haven, usually good value, are on the level here also.<br /><br />More impressive than the film itself is that it has been released on Blu-Ray at all, looking absolutely stunning, probably better than it ever has other than at its première.&nbsp; You will sadly have to pay through the nose for it, whether by importing, going on eBay, or sourcing it <a href="http://www.strangevice.co.uk/store/view/sex_world_1">from somewhere like Strange Vice</a>, a reality that will only change if the BBFC is forced to change its policies, but those with a taste for this sort of thing are no doubt used to that by now.&nbsp; Don't expect change to come soon, mind: it wasn't until 28 years after the release of Deep Throat that hardcore was formally legalised in this country.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/bad-film-club-3-sexworld.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-5229835249624899913Tue, 10 May 2016 20:19:00 +00002016-05-11T23:31:07.675+01:00BBC idiocyidiocyJess Phillipslazy bloggingpoliticsstupidityA microcosm of wider stupidity.<ul><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><li>People on Twitter and elsewhere call out <a href="https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2016/05/bbc-spread-hatred/">BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg for bias</a>.&nbsp; <a href="https://gapingsilence.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/on-bbc-partisanship/">Kuenssberg is in truth less biased</a> than she is just taking the opportunity to kick an easy target, as is the wont of everyone everywhere, but especially journalists.&nbsp; Complaining about the BBC is also an utter waste of time and plays into the hands of those opposed to the BBC for so much as attempting to be as objective as possible, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/08/bbc-to-cut-soft-news-from-its-website/">as we'll probably see later this week</a>. </li><br /><li><a href="https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/907">One of said people starts a petition calling for Kuenssberg</a> to be sacked.&nbsp; This is kicking usual social media whining up to the level of outright silliness.&nbsp; Attempting to get BBC journalists sacked for alleged bias is definitely an avenue to pursue, with no possibility of any adverse side effects further down the line.</li><br /><li>BFFs with all sorts of hacks and media outlets <a href="https://twitter.com/jessphillips/status/729215112817614848">Labour MP Jess Phillips determines that this campaign</a>, waged obviously by the usual suspects, is unutterably sexist. Phillips you might recall said Jeremy Corbyn was guilty of <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/01/that-reshuffle-and-low-level-non.html">"low-level non-violent misogyny"</a> for not appointing a woman to one of the "great four offices of state".&nbsp; Of course we're talking four great shadow offices of state, but still.&nbsp; The "hard left", clearly those behind this campaign, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/07/misogyny-feminism-stop-the-war-jeremy-corbyn">are after all unrelentingly misogynistic</a>.&nbsp; The SWP, Galloway, Assange, etc.&nbsp; Various easily wound up people (brocialists, natch) <a href="https://twitter.com/jessphillips/status/729218788294569985">respond to Phillips with sexist remarks</a>.&nbsp; Silliness turns into complete stupidity.</li><br /><li>Person behind the petition, in agreement with 38 Degrees, your one stop shop for all utterly redundant and pointless engagements with politics, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/may/10/laura-kuenssberg-petition-sexist-abuse-38-degrees-bbc">takes down the petition because of the sexism and misogyny</a> of some of those supporting it.</li><br /><li><a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/media/2016/05/why-do-people-hate-laura-kuenssberg-so-much">So much for the kinder, gentler politics, eh everyone right? Eh? Eh? </a></li><a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/media/2016/05/why-do-people-hate-laura-kuenssberg-so-much"></a><br /><li>Pattern repeats until every hour there is a new outbreak of sexism, racism, transphobia etc of which some people somewhere on the left are guilty and which Labour MPs/journalists/gerbils/amoebas demand must be condemned/repudiated/reclaimed or otherwise they will scream and scream and scream.&nbsp; And they can scream.</li></span></ul>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/a-microcosm-of-wider-stupidity.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-5523186217477140741Mon, 09 May 2016 20:17:00 +00002016-05-09T21:17:44.081+01:00Boris JohnsonDavid Cameronelections 2016EU referendumpoliticsSadiq KhanToriesThe banter years.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">Those with long memories might recall that back in the 90s, in one those ill advised attempts the guilty occasionally make to prove their innocence, the gang suspected of the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ENbCf1balI">murder of Stephen Lawrence gave interviews to Martin Bashir</a>.&nbsp; Asked to explain their use of racist language and play acting with knives, as secretly recorded by the police, <a href="https://youtu.be/8ENbCf1balI?t=703">they said it was banter</a>.&nbsp; They didn't mean anything by it.<br /><br />I am not of course suggesting <a href="http://www.standard.co.uk/news/mayor/london-mayor-election-appalling-zac-goldsmith-campaign-defended-by-tory-minister-michael-fallon-a3242461.html">that the likes of Michael Fallon</a> and George Osborne describing Zac Goldsmith's London mayoral campaign as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/zac-goldsmiths-campaign-against-sadiq-khan-was-just-rough-and-tumble-says-george-osborne_uk_572f157be4b0e6da49a66277">being all part of the "rough and tumble"</a> of politics makes them akin to racist murderers.&nbsp; It does though make you wonder exactly how far the rough and tumble of politics extends.&nbsp; Implying that Sadiq Khan is an extremist and refusing to say London will be safe in his hands is clearly perfectly permissible.&nbsp; Certainly not permissible, as we've learned, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/07/hadley-freeman-labour-party-hitler-antisemitism">is the use of language Hadley Freeman considers to be antisemitic</a>.<br /><br />Where then exactly to draw the line?&nbsp; <a href="http://labour-uncut.co.uk/2016/05/08/goldsmiths-campaign-was-a-disgrace-but-not-for-the-reason-many-in-labour-think/">If you're Atul Hatwal</a>, then the only problem with the Tories' campaign was that it was incompetent due to how Suliman Gani was more allied with the Tories than he was with Khan and Labour.&nbsp; On this basis, Labour could have spent the local election campaign proclaiming on how Cameron was a pig rapist.&nbsp; Sure, there's no evidence Cameron has raped a pig or any other barnyard animal, but the Ashcroft/Oakeshott book claims he did pork a severed hog's gob.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/mediamonkeyblog/2015/oct/09/isabel-oakeshott-david-cameron-piggatecall-me-dave">Mostly everyone thinks it's a load of old toilet</a>, but it's on about the same level of truthfulness as the various claims made about Khan.<br /><br />Why then not go the whole way?&nbsp; After all, we've just gone through a period where it seemed perfectly acceptable to <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/03/operation-midland-modern-morality-tale.html">speculate on whether or not mostly deceased former politicians</a> could have been not just paedophiles, but child murderers also.&nbsp; Most of these claims were made against former Tory MPs.&nbsp; Would it be just the rough and tumble of politics to describe the Conservatives as the party of choice for child abusers?&nbsp; Sure, the Met might have discontinued Operation Midland, yet why let a detail like that get in the way of the contact sport that is politics?&nbsp; It would just be natural rough and tumble, all a part of the game.&nbsp; If you whine about it not being fair, you're simply not cut out for being a true leader of men.<br /><br />Atul Hatwal does admittedly have a point.&nbsp; Extremism should be called out.&nbsp; Generally though there needs to be actual evidence, and we all have different definitions of what extremism is.&nbsp;&nbsp; To some, Jeremy Corbyn's brand of old school socialism is extremist; to others, the Tories' naked contempt for welfare claimants and the state in general is beyond the pale.&nbsp; That much of politics and the whole of social media "politics" has descended into one great big condemnathon, where the sound and fury both signifies nothing and is also absolutely everything might well have made politics even more incomprehensible and alien to outsiders.&nbsp; It's just far too much trouble to try and turn back now.<br /><br />Not that the Tories were ever going to admit that Goldsmith's campaign had backfired, not least as portraying Ed Miliband as so unprincipled he'd stab his country in the back for power worked last year.&nbsp; It's also how they intend to go on depicting Labour in general: as a threat to national and economic security.&nbsp; Bearing in mind a decent section of the parliamentary Labour party regard their own leader as an extremist, how could they not?<br /><br />When it comes to today's EU clashes between Dave and Boris you see an almost mirror image of the extremist battle, only it's about power within a party, with the country coming a distant second in their concerns.&nbsp; If Cameron really feared Britain leaving the EU <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/09/david-cameron-rejects-claims-of-hyperbole-over-brexit-risks">could destabilise the continent to the point of a return to war</a>, he would have been irresponsible in the extreme to have set in a motion a process that was fundamentally about buying off his restive backbenchers.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/09/boris-johnson-cameron-cant-cut-immigration-and-stay-in-eu">Likewise, if Boris Johnson truly believed that leaving the EU</a> is the liberal cause of the day, it wouldn't matter as much that he's also using the referendum campaign as a springboard to his inevitable Tory leadership bid.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://twitter.com/MichaelPDeacon/status/729656372917358592">That only two years ago he wrote in direct contradiction</a> of what he said today about the EU and peace, and has no compunction about making <a href="http://www.voteleavetakecontrol.org/boris_johnson_the_liberal_cosmopolitan_case_to_vote_leave">a "liberal, cosmopolitan" case</a> for leaving that at its heart involves further doom-mongering about immigration just sums up how infuriating our politics has become.&nbsp; We are it would seem firmly trapped in the banter years.<br /></span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-banter-years.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-8674433833059679947Fri, 06 May 2016 11:50:00 +00002016-05-07T21:29:55.018+01:00Jeremy CorbynLabourLiberal Democratslocal elections 2016local elections aftermathpoliticsSNPToriesUKIPStalemate.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/06/jeremy-corbyn-defies-critics-labour-local-elections">Last night's results</a> are pretty much the worst of all worlds for Labour.&nbsp; When I went to bed it looked as though the fears the party could lose the 150+ seats predicted in England might come to pass; a few hours later and the losses at <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2016/councils">the moment amount to a not quite as catastrophic 26</a>.&nbsp; Going by that yardstick you have to expect Sadiq Khan will win comfortably in London, and coupled with Labour losing only <a href="https://interactive.guim.co.uk/2016/04/localelections2016/booted/main.html#ukle-welsh">one seat total on the Welsh assembly</a>, despite having been in power since its establishment, the results <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/06/scottish-labour-facing-third-place-after-collapse-in-vote">excepting Scotland</a> don't look too bad on the surface.<br /><br />Which is the problem.&nbsp; Labour was never going to win <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwiA1NujrsXMAhUjAsAKHUBkATYQFggjMAE&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicshome.com%2Fnews%2Fuk%2Ftransport%2Fnews%2F58609%2Fjeremy-corbyn-warned-labour-must-gain-hundreds-seats-council-elections&amp;usg=AFQjCNElr_yXlGZUWJTuAMAqKQ7Fwx89sQ&amp;sig2=wh8cn8Wu3oblLeQXenPxIA">the 400 seats the party's slightly more subtle anti-Corbyn MPs</a> were bringing up, not least <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2012/05/end-of-beginning.html">as the 2012 results were the party's best</a> of the Ed Miliband years.&nbsp; At the same time, as the psephologists haven't been shutting up about, it's 30 years since an opposition lost seats at a local election.&nbsp; To put a temporary stop to the muttering and plotting Corbyn needed to win in the region of 100+.&nbsp; While the party has lost just the one council, Dudley, and to no overall control rather than an opponent, the only real crowing that can be done about these results is they aren't as bad as the doomers and same people who predicted <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21679558-ukip-emerges-big-loser-labours-big-win-oldham-will-silence-critics-jeremy-corbynfor">a UKIP victory in the Oldham West by-election</a> said they would be.&nbsp; It's not much of a boast, all told.<br /><br />But nor does it come close to proving that Corbyn is a big of a liability as his enemies in the party and other detractors have claimed.&nbsp; Local elections are only ever an indication as to what's happening at national level: it's why for instance Labour has managed to hold on to councils like Nuneaton when the same voters send Tories to Westminster.&nbsp; This said, when you consider that ever since Corbyn became leader the party has done nothing other than fight, <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/a-politics-we-dont-deserve.html">with the press and political figures spending the last week</a> denouncing Labour as disgustingly racist, that the party has managed to hold on this well still strikes as success.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2016/may/05/uk-election-results-2016-live-updates-and-news?page=with:block-572c73d8e4b0ddce8f56b86f#block-572c73d8e4b0ddce8f56b86f">As Tom Clark notes</a>, this has also happened in the main because the party either consolidated or advanced in the south of England, where Corbyn's further to the left approach was meant to turn voters off, while in the north, where it was meant to appeal more, UKIP fought Labour all the way.<br /><br />Much like the results overall then, what we have is a continuing stalemate.&nbsp; A truly disastrous night would have almost certainly encouraged the plotters to either launch their coup now or after the EU referendum vote, regardless of whether it has a chance of succeeding; likewise, Labour defying all the predictions and winning seats would have made such a move impossible.&nbsp; Instead, MPs on both sides are continuing to circle each other, not being prepared to go for the jugular, with the <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwiU2amrr8XMAhWNhRoKHUIoB2kQFggkMAE&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Fnews%2F2016%2F05%2F06%2Fuk-local-elections-jeremy-corbyn-branded-incompetent-as-labour-m%2F&amp;usg=AFQjCNGj8yRvdF2R5VSf4otGDcgN60tQSQ&amp;sig2=1gBMWGmqpr1LkNWFB2y8sw">likes of Jo Cox and even professional idiot John Mann</a> not being prepared to wield the knife in at this point.&nbsp; For those of us who would like it to be settled one way or the other, it could hardly be more dispiriting.<br /><br />Looking beyond Labour, the Tories excepting Wales have had a great night for a governing party.&nbsp; You could say we're only a year in, and that a Tory majority is a still a novelty, but you still don't expect them to be gaining councillors at this stage, not least when the party has been tearing itself apart over Europe.&nbsp; The result in Scotland is extraordinary: everyone thought it was possible they could come second ahead of Labour, but not by the margin they've managed to.&nbsp; Credit has to go to Ruth Davidson, whom has clearly succeeded where past Scottish Conservative leaders failed in overcoming the hostility to the party.&nbsp; She's obviously been helped hugely by how said hostility has transferred to Labour following the referendum, once again proving that it's the hangers-on rather than the main contingent that get punished by voters when it comes to unlikely coalitions, and yet clearly it's something more than just that behind it.&nbsp; Whether it translates to Westminster at some point remains to be seen.<br /><br />Considering some thought it was possible Labour and the Lib Dems could be wiped out at the constituency level entirely, it must be a relief that both did manage to retain such a presence.&nbsp; Worth noting especially is how the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/scotland-constituencies/S16000135">Lib Dems increased their majority in Orkney</a>, in spite of <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/scotland-constituencies/S16000135">the SNP campaign against Alistair Carmichael</a>.&nbsp; Indeed, it's amusing in itself to see the SNP failing to win an overall majority this time round, hinting as it does that despite the attempt to <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-state-of-journalism-in-2016.html">create a personality cult</a> <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Nicola+Sturgeon+re-elect&amp;num=50&amp;safe=off&amp;client=firefox-b&amp;tbm=isch&amp;imgil=OI2Vyclhp3_CWM%253A%253BkQqOzAbfaktyUM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.theguardian.com%25252Fpolitics%25252F2016%25252Fapr%25252F20%25252Fnicola-sturgeon-snp-manifesto-second-independence-vote&amp;source=iu&amp;pf=m&amp;fir=OI2Vyclhp3_CWM%253A%252CkQqOzAbfaktyUM%252C_&amp;usg=__Ye-SV-vRB89ofsg8ZTEw8WbJu3w%3D&amp;biw=1280&amp;bih=895&amp;ved=0ahUKEwiFvOqNsMXMAhVC1RoKHVMHAIAQyjcIOw&amp;ei=CYQsV8WTIcKqa9OOgIAI">around Nicola</a> cracks are beginning to appear.&nbsp; With the loss of the majority making it all the more difficult to call a second referendum, even if the SNP wanted to, those pushing for independence will almost certainly start looking elsewhere.<br /><br />As for the Lib Dems, there's very little comfort for them to take from the results.&nbsp; Sure, they've gained a few seats, but the days when they were the obvious option for a protest vote look to disappeared for good.&nbsp; UKIP are now on the whole that option, and at the moment have gained the most local council seats overall.&nbsp; Again though, they did pretty much nothing back in 2012, so for them to not advance on the level they must have hoped hardly suggests an undetected groundswell for the leave side.&nbsp; Far more interesting will be to see what happens when the seats fought in 2013 and 2014 are up for grabs again, and whether UKIP can hold on or increase their tally then.&nbsp; As for their grabbing of seven seats in the Welsh assembly thanks wholly to the regional top-up, it merely reflects what we already know: that UKIP have reached the point where their support ought to result in substantial representation at Westminster.&nbsp; It helps no one that both they and the Greens have only one MP thanks to the iniquities of first past the post.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">Update:</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/06/sadiq-khan-ahead-of-zac-goldsmith-in-london-mayoralty-count">Sadiq Khan has duly strolled to victory in London</a>.&nbsp; It's worth restating here that Zac Goldsmith's campaign <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/cummings-streetings-and-well-poisionings.html">was not about winning</a>; the Tories realised pretty early on their task was fairly hopeless, as evidenced <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_mayoral_election,_2012">by the result in 2012</a>, where almost anyone other than Ken in a red rosette would have beaten Boris.&nbsp; The dog-whistle campaign, which as two separate Tories have commented was neither dog-whistle as it was plain to everyone what Goldsmith was doing, nor were there any dogs to be whistled at, was about poisoning the well, to mix metaphors right up.&nbsp; Whether it's so much as succeeded in doing that is extremely dubious.&nbsp; If anything, it might have turned voters against the Tories across London as a whole.&nbsp; Overall it only reinforces what we already knew: that Britain has fractured irrevocably, with the capital, England, Wales and Scotland all going their separate ways politically.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/stalemate.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-8334165059407997226Thu, 05 May 2016 15:42:00 +00002016-05-05T16:42:44.965+01:00elections 2016journalismpoliticsSNPstupidityThe state of journalism in 2016.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">This is the front page of a non-state owned newspaper, urging a vote for a party that has been in power for 9 years.&nbsp; <br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C_2gQpnEsyI/VytoCmuqnXI/AAAAAAAAAeE/CUKBgGNidpcIW9GkeyxtYc6Q2BW5V_A0wCLcB/s1600/Cho3ci7WEAQAuLq.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C_2gQpnEsyI/VytoCmuqnXI/AAAAAAAAAeE/CUKBgGNidpcIW9GkeyxtYc6Q2BW5V_A0wCLcB/s400/Cho3ci7WEAQAuLq.jpg" width="325" /></a></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">And we make fun of the Americans, and tut and say "it could never happen here" <a href="https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/inside-turkeys-media-monopoly">about the likes of Turkey</a>.&nbsp; Politics only gets stranger.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-state-of-journalism-in-2016.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-3805447275352677862Wed, 04 May 2016 20:33:00 +00002016-05-04T21:33:58.189+01:00antisemitismDavid CameronJeremy CorbynKen LivingstoneLabourNaz ShahpoliticsracismstupidityToriesA politics we don't deserve.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">We, and by that I mean all of us who contribute to the tenor of politics in this country, have a tendency to exaggerate.&nbsp; Exploiting the differences between parties in favour of policies that are broadly similar requires focusing on the negatives.&nbsp; Ferocious debate about issues that subsequently turn out to not amount to a hill of beans are often the order of the day; just look at our contribution to the military action against Islamic State in Syria, for instance.&nbsp; <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2015/12/can-you-imagine-if-they-had-stopped-war.html">What was the point of the weeks of arguments last December</a> when the end result has been so negligible?<br /><br />Bearing this in mind, I honestly cannot recall a week of politics that has been so unrelentingly stupid, self-defeating, obtuse and at the same time as instructive as the past 7 days.&nbsp; Absolutely nothing of any real note has happened, and yet what has been established is we've finally, truly, entered the period where controlling the terms and structure of political discussion has become the be all and end all.&nbsp; That this has been established not by the politically correct left, students or any other of the usual bogeymen of controlled thought and speech ought to be surprising, and yet it isn't, because this is the way it's been going for quite some time.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwi_n-PbicHMAhUCwBQKHYeFC4wQFggdMAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Fopinion%2F2016%2F04%2F27%2Flabours-disgusting-anti-semitism%2F&amp;usg=AFQjCNHMZ6ffRXaJuXEy0Me6liFbIuZUEA&amp;sig2=Jvhj67Zq9e70n8rguy3G8Q">Labour as a party is antisemitic</a>, <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=3&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwj6o52hisHMAhVMuRQKHUuQAooQFggpMAI&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.spectator.co.uk%2F2016%2F04%2Fit-will-take-more-than-an-inquiry-to-deal-with-the-lefts-anti-semitism-problem%2F&amp;usg=AFQjCNF5K30pTkLX9zbzSFMGdpn4tpmHiQ&amp;sig2=0-zSU9P0oj2U8ffV01DbQw">it has been decided</a>.&nbsp; The newspapers of record in this country <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/mr-corbyn-must-show-basic-competence-in-rooting-out-antisemitism-in-his-party-a7007071.html">have decreed it to be so</a>.&nbsp; Labour, the party that only a year ago had a Jew as its leader, and who was pretty popular at grassroots level.&nbsp; Said press you might recall had great fun in repeatedly printing those photos of dear old Ed failing to eat a bacon sandwich correctly.&nbsp; Now, while a few people at the time muttered to themselves that this was whiffy and smelled vaguely of antisemitism, I didn't think it was and thought they were being overly sensitive.&nbsp; Fast forward a year, and the same newspapers that on one page carry columns declaring that <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjdqN67isHMAhUGXBQKHQiTD_sQFggdMAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thetimes.co.uk%2Farticle%2Fbrexiteers-should-embrace-marine-le-pen-dflpsq65d&amp;usg=AFQjCNH_AAhXpaGLJBvRrEYgEvR1WHX51A&amp;sig2=q1qCXwtmnpE5WodeNa1PAg">the Leave campaign should shack up with Marine Le Pen</a> and the far-right in Europe, declare on the other in no uncertain times that <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=12&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwipkcmAjMHMAhXDzRoKHR6dDTwQFghXMAs&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fflying_rodent%2Fstatus%2F725599437607845888&amp;usg=AFQjCNEZf8AZ7AVy1Oc4pxBYv4muSTC5Mg&amp;sig2=iL8_B80_68aqv5026AKoSw">Labour from top to bottom is riddled with racists</a>.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3573285/Jewish-leaders-call-UKs-Labour-Party-act-anti-Semitism-cancer.html">It's a cancer</a>.&nbsp; Something has to be done.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/157639/professor-leading-labour-inquiry-defends-links-ijv">Not an investigation by Shami Chakrabati though</a>, that's not good enough.&nbsp; Jeremy Corbyn <a href="http://politics.co.uk/blogs/2016/05/04/pmqs-verdict-cameron-disgraces-himself-with-hypocritical-rac">should have announced all this yesterday</a>, anyway.<br /><br />Let's though just for a second digress from the quite believable chutzpah of the never knowingly under hypocritical British media.&nbsp; Instead, let's consider the general level of prejudice in the country in 2016.&nbsp; The picture, as always, could be better.&nbsp; Prejudice still exists.&nbsp; Racists might have to be more coded in the way they go about trying to incite hatred, but they still attempt to spread poison and take any opportunity that comes their way to do so.&nbsp; For the most part though, I'd say taken as a whole the British people have probably never been as tolerant as they are now.&nbsp; I don't mean that in the passive aggressive sense of tolerance, but in the general living alongside each other with a minimum of tension sense.&nbsp; There are hotspots of disquiet and plenty of anxiety, sure, yet no indication that anything is about to go beyond that.<br /><br />We then have a political party that in the main takes its membership from among the most liberal and open-minded sections of an already broadly tolerant society.&nbsp; You would not expect that most such people would be hostile to one sub-section of that society on racial grounds, especially one that historically has been among the most mistreated and abused.&nbsp; And indeed, <a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/jamie-stern-weiner/jeremy-corbyn-hasn-t-got-antisemitism-problem-his-opponents-do">all the evidence suggests that is the case</a>.&nbsp; The members and councillors identified so far have almost all been suspended on the basis of questionable tweets or social media posts, some of which have quickly been identified as taken out of all context jokes.&nbsp; Others do seem to be more serious examples of potential prejudice, and need to be properly investigated, but most tread a fine line between being antisemitic and being critical of Israeli government policy.&nbsp; <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-antisemitic-muppetry-of-naz-shah.html">Naz Shah</a> <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/where-would-we-be-without-leninspart-eh.html">and Livingstone</a> we've hopefully already dealt with.<br /><br />None of this is to downplay the disquiet a number of Jews have voiced as feeling.&nbsp; <a href="http://politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2016/05/03/this-is-how-modern-britain-does-anti-semitism">Phoebe Ray makes an eloquent case on how Britain</a> as a whole, not split down the middle between left and right, does antisemitism.&nbsp; Both she and <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/29/left-jews-labour-antisemitism-jewish-identity">Jonathan Freedland voice the opinion that Jews</a> are the only ethnic minority not allowed to define what they feel to be racist attitudes against them are.&nbsp; The obvious problem here, one that requires great amounts of nuance, is that claims of antisemitism have long been used against critics of Israeli governments, a country that polls show a majority of Jews feel a connection to.&nbsp; Not all Jews are Zionists, and not all anti-Zionists are antisemites, you could say.&nbsp; Adding to the problem is that as Ray and others identify, there are a <a href="http://this-is-not-jewish.tumblr.com/post/34344324495/how-to-criticize-israel-without-being-anti-semitic">whole series of tropes and "modes of thinking"</a> that creep into debate on Israel, both consciously and unconsciously.&nbsp; We have for instance <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2013/01/do-we-have-to-go-through-this-again.html">seen Israeli government figures criticising British cartoonists</a> for using such tropes, whether they truly have or not.&nbsp; When newspapers that are otherwise vehemently pro-Israeli are alleged to be carrying such imagery, it's hardly surprising that your amateur political tweeter, or even student leader, might slip into using the verbal equivalent.<br /><br />As Ray also says though, "right wing politicians are only interested in addressing anti-Semitism when they see it as a weak point in an opponent’s armour".&nbsp; You can add to that newspapers, and <a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2016/04/labour-mps-believe-jeremy-corbyn-incapable-tackling-anti-semitism">assorted others within Labour who are so determined</a> to bring down the party's leadership they will sink to seemingly any depths, regardless of the wider damage it causes.&nbsp; The last week has not really been about racism; it has been about power.&nbsp; The power within Labour, power within the country, and the power to limit what is politically acceptable as a whole.&nbsp; Jeremy Corbyn has a weak spot on antisemitism, not because he is antisemitic, but because he has made questionable if not condemnable alliances in the past.&nbsp; He has had a long time political friendship with Ken Livingstone.&nbsp; Ken has long been more harm than help, but he was one of the few well-known political figures who would defend Corbyn to the media.&nbsp; He's also still on Labour's national executive committee, and has a role in the party's defence review.&nbsp; Getting rid of him will help the party's moderates in the long term.<br /><br />Then we have the power in the country.&nbsp; Labour most likely wasn't going to do well in tomorrow's elections anyway: Sadiq Khan will triumph in London regardless, it's a toss-up whether or not Labour will come second or third in the elections to Holyrood, and the seats being fought locally were last up for election in 2012, when Labour did well at the expense of both the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.&nbsp; Things look different four years on.&nbsp; Add in a whole week's worth of claims of Labour being racist, of a crisis, of Ken Livingstone making an arse of himself, and there is bound to an impact.&nbsp; The Tories' main approach as made clear <a href="http://politics.co.uk/blogs/2016/05/04/pmqs-verdict-cameron-disgraces-himself-with-hypocritical-rac">by PMQs today is to portray a classically left-wing</a> as opposed to left of centre party as extremist.&nbsp; This has involved focusing on Khan being an extremist purely on the grounds that he is a Muslim, to the outrage of much of the left but to very little from the right-wingers coruscating Labour for its supposed anti-semitism.&nbsp; The newspapers have helped by getting comment from the likes of the Chief Rabbi, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/03/ken-livingstone-and-the-hard-left-are-spreading-the-insidious-vi/">who says Zionism is inseparable from Judaism</a>.<br /><br />Finally, we have the attempt to define just what is and isn't acceptable as a whole.&nbsp; David Cameron wasn't asking Corbyn to denounce Hamas and Hezbollah today.&nbsp; He was asking him to denounce the idea of so much as considering they have a role to play in any eventual peace settlement.&nbsp; This approach is summed up by Danny Finkelstein's piece in the Times today:<br /><br /></span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><a href="https://twitter.com/OliverKamm/status/727602310847827972"><i><b>What is happening in the Labour party is not (just) the crassness of a few councillors and the odd MP saying some embarrassing things about Jews.&nbsp; It is the abandonment of its identity as an Atlanticist progressive party.&nbsp; And it cannot be stopped until this identity is reasserted.</b></i></a></span></blockquote><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><br />In other words, this won't stop until Labour snaps out of its malaise and adopts the correct foreign policy.&nbsp; The correct foreign policy according to this confidant of both Cameron and Osborne i<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/04/saudi-arabia-yemen-bombing-uk-claims-humanitarian-law-committee">s the backing to the hilt of the Saudis in Yemen</a>, involving the defence secretary making the feeblest of excuses for our allies to a parliamentary committee.&nbsp; It involves acting as <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/03/how-britain-funds-the-propaganda-war-against-isis-in-syria">the media wing of the "moderate" Syrian rebels</a>, as the Guardian reveals today, with the government underwriting their propaganda.&nbsp; One of the groups named in the documentation, although the government denies it ever considered it moderate, is Jaish al-Islam, the group the Alloush clan control.&nbsp; Its former leader, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zahran_Alloush">Zahran Alloush</a>, called repeatedly for <a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/zahran-alloush/">Damascus to be "cleansed" of both Christians and Alawites</a>.&nbsp; It involves putting a stop to even the most limited reaching out to groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, despite both being moderates compared to likes of the al-Nusra Front, which many of the "moderate" Syrian groups we're still encouraging to fight have no problem allying with.&nbsp;&nbsp; It involves smearing a genuine moderate running for London mayor as an extremist while continuing to sell weapons to the biggest sponsors of Islamic extremism the world has ever known.<br /><br />This was never truly about antisemitism.&nbsp; Sure, it's been the excuse.&nbsp; Instead it's been about reinforcing the boundaries.&nbsp; You can want a foreign policy which is progressive, just not Atlanticist, but you'll pay for it.&nbsp; You can want a party to be a genuine opposition to the status quo, but it'll be denounced as extremist.&nbsp; You can want the MPs of a party to at least respect for a year the leader elected by the membership, but they'll do everything in their power to undermine him, regardless of the consequences in the long term.&nbsp; Sure, it'll put politics itself in the gutter, alienate the public at large when the message they'll take is that the meres wrong word will result in opprobrium, discourage Muslims from entering politics if they have ever so much as sat next to someone with the vaguest of unsavoury views, and give the impressions to Jews they still aren't welcome anywhere, but it'll be worth it in the end.<br /><br />I often used to agree when it was said we get the politics we deserve.&nbsp; No one deserves this.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/a-politics-we-dont-deserve.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-2049371345521968738Tue, 03 May 2016 20:20:00 +00002016-05-04T17:03:00.199+01:00guest postsmedia analysisMilton KeynesPatrick BarkhampoliticsMilton Keynes doesn't just lack a soul. It also has no heart.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">(This is a guest post by a life-long Milton Keynes resident who wants to remain anonymous.)<br /><br />Something strange is going on.&nbsp; The London media, as everyone knows, is obsessed with London.&nbsp; To them, London is England, Britain; north of Watford may as well be marked on the map with "here be monsters".&nbsp; The actual north is another country; Scotland is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.&nbsp; And to be fair, you can understand their obsession: London is a whole series of cities contained within the M25 car park, a constantly undulating mass you can travel around quickly and easily on some of the best public transport in the world.&nbsp; Almost everything you could possibly want is within reach and almost anything you could want to buy can be purchased swiftly.&nbsp; Sure, you now practically have to be a millionaire to own your home, everyone must get tired at some point of living in a concrete jungle, and if you're down on your luck it must be one of the hardest places in the country to eke out an existence, but for the most part the positives outweigh the negatives.<br /><br />Why then are journalists suddenly paying attention to Milton Keynes?&nbsp; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHu0oYDyg1M">Recently there was a Newsnight segment dedicated</a> to the "city" (MK is not technically designated a city, and doesn't deserve to be one) being a hidden gem, while in <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/03/struggle-for-the-soul-of-milton-keynes">today's Guardian Patrick Barkham eulogises at length</a> on the city's development, the supposed threats to this wonderland of grid roads, open spaces and apparent boundless potential.&nbsp; Apart from house prices for the time at least remaining well below what they are in London, the answer is even more cynical than that.&nbsp; For Milton Keynes is London, just with everything good about the capital and therefore viewed as a downside to your average London journo hacked away.<br /><br />To start with, Patrick Barkham doesn't even tell the story of MK right.&nbsp; Milton Keynes did not suddenly spring out of nowhere into existence via the development corporation; the "city" itself <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middleton,_Milton_Keynes">takes its name from a village that's still there</a>, not that a hack would ever find it as it's a fair distance away from the gleaming centre.&nbsp; Milton Keynes was in fact built around a number of villages and small towns that have a long history in their own right, the most notable being Wolverton, Stony Stratford, Bletchley and Newport Pagnell.&nbsp; As Barkham writes, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Keynes_Development_Corporation">the development corporation did have some damn good ideas</a>: the grid system does for the most part result in a town that rarely gets snarled up outside of rush hour, travel by car once you're used to the place is quick and simple, and it would be pointless to deny that the town, viewed from the car window, looks clean, pretty and welcoming, such is the way the various housing estates were all kept separate from each other.<br /><br />Which is also the town's greatest downfall.&nbsp; No, of course Milton Keynes doesn't have a soul, but a far better way to describe it is as atomised.&nbsp; The separation of the various housing developments ensures that there is no wider sense of community in the town.&nbsp; The fact that you don't need to travel through different estates to get to where you want unless you have to results in a city that is little more than a collection of villages.&nbsp; People come in, they go to work, go to one of the larger supermarkets disconnected from the estates to shop, perhaps go up to what locals call the "city", meaning Central Milton Keynes on the weekend, and that's it.&nbsp; Few of these estates have pubs, although some have restaurants and most takeaways; if you want a drink or to experience what little local colour is on offer, you'll have to go to one of the places mentioned above. <br /><br />By the same token, these estates vary hugely in terms of socio-economic background.&nbsp; Barkham mentions Shenley Church End, which is one of the better off areas of the town; Netherfield, also mentioned, is by contrast one of the most deprived.&nbsp; By virtue of the planning of the town, these areas are effectively closed off to outside eyes, so you'll never see how rundown certain areas have become, nor will you see for instance the gated communities that have also sprung up, like the couple opposite the <a href="http://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/text.asp?section=726">National Badminton Centre in Loughton</a>.&nbsp; This is perfect for those who have the attitude of out of sight, out of mind, which has long prevailed in MK.<br /><br />If you're a walker or a cyclist, then yes, you will be exposed to these places, and as Barkham writes, the grid system was designed with pedestrians and bikes considered, with underpasses and the "redways" easily accessible.&nbsp; Except hardly anyone uses them, for the reason that MK principally was made for the car.&nbsp; Even on a beautiful spring Sunday afternoon you can walk along the redways for miles and rarely see another soul.&nbsp; The lakes that are dotted around, like Willen and Caldecotte are much more popular, it's true, and yet still hardly ever full to bursting except in high summer.&nbsp; Barkham at least admits that public transport isn't great, which is about right: it's not terrible, but is expensive and irregular away from the main routes served.<br /><br />This might all be sounding great to your average Londoner so far, as long as they can drive.&nbsp; Atomised, disparate, soulless, but affordable, right?&nbsp; Up to a point, yes.&nbsp; But what about culture?&nbsp; Milton Keynes is the place culture forgot.&nbsp; It wasn't until around the turn of the century <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Keynes_Theatre">that we got a theatre</a>.&nbsp; Fancy Shakespeare, a comedian, the odd serious minded play?&nbsp; Well, <a href="http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/whats-on/theatre/theatre-review-shrek-the-musical-at-milton-keynes-theatre-1-6918656">we've got Shrek the Musical for you</a>, or Hairspray.&nbsp; Arthouse cinema?&nbsp; Sorry, no.&nbsp; We might have had <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Point,_Milton_Keynes">the first ten screen multiplex in the country</a>, with the site soon to be demolished, a brand new Odeon, and a World of Cine, but anything other than blockbuster fare?&nbsp; No chance.&nbsp; How about any sort of nightlife?&nbsp; Sure, we're now in the era of Tinder and Netflix and chill, where gentrification is closing down more and more London clubs but at least there's still a few.&nbsp; Here, in a "city" of over a quarter of a million people?&nbsp; Again, you'll have to go to the one of the above mentioned towns.&nbsp; Roughly two pubs in the entire town play host to bands of even the slightest note, but you like Yates's and Wetherspoons' right?&nbsp; Loads of those up the city at least.&nbsp; No clubs though, sorry.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.stables.org/">We do have the Stables</a>, Cleo Laine's place out at Wavendon, which is great if you like that sort of thing, but that's about all you're getting.&nbsp; You'll need to go to Northampton to find any sort of bustle.<br /><br />It does then amaze when people like Linda Inoki (I predictably had never heard of Inoki, Theo Chalmers or their campaign groups until I saw Barkham's piece.&nbsp; Clearly doing good work) describe Milton Keynes as having "phenomenal character".&nbsp; MK has no character.&nbsp; Yes, there's something to be said for the way the city was planned out, for the shopping centre itself, if not for what is actually inside it, but to try and claim that MK has a distinctive character through having none whatsoever is pushing it.<br /><br />Pete Winkleman, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/fa_cup/article-3421610/They-sing-ve-got-no-history-making-insists-MK-Dons-chairman-Pete-Winkelman-ahead-Chelsea-cup-clash.html">who everyone in MK has heard of and anyone with any sense detests</a>, is the personification of everything wrong with the place.&nbsp; Uprooting Wimbledon and implanting it in MK was simply the most crass and brazen of the attempts to give the town something to base itself around.&nbsp; Never previously had there been a main MK football team for the reason, again, that everyone was far more attached to their local estate, town or village side.&nbsp; They were never going to get anywhere but no one cared.&nbsp; We were more than happy to support Northampton, or choose a club from elsewhere when it came to the leagues proper.&nbsp; It would be churlish to deny MK Dons do have a following, as they do, but only from a minority.&nbsp; <br /><br />Just as the city itself has a few noisy supporters who are finally getting noticed by the London media.&nbsp; Yes, Milton Keynes is great if you want a quiet family life.&nbsp; If you're 18 to 40 though, like culture of even the most vaguely alternative variety, don't especially want to drive and aren't comfortably off, it's little short of hell.&nbsp; Barkham and the other gawpers are more than welcome to swap places with me.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">Until then, it would be nice if hacks bothered to scratch even slightly at MK's glossy veneer.&nbsp; Had Barkham so much as walked slightly further down "CMK’s broad boulevards", he would have discovered that in the underpasses now live a number of homeless men and women.&nbsp; Not even during the peak of homelessness in the 90s was Milton Keynes unable to put a roof over everyone's head.&nbsp; It has such a problem now.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/05/milton-keynes-doesnt-just-lack-soul-it.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-4769568764870340937Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:26:00 +00002016-04-29T11:26:36.239+01:00grimehousemusicnon-politicsyoutube video postsDeep soul.<center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5mqqV_YDF1Q" width="480"></iframe><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4Rbss-AR7lg" width="480"></iframe></center>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/deep-soul.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-3853784345553527380Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:40:00 +00002016-04-29T12:07:15.004+01:00antisemitismJeremy CorbynKen LivingstoneLabourNaz ShahpoliticsracismstupidityWhere would we be without Leninspart, eh?<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">It's not often these days anyone can say they agree with Nick Clegg, as was oh so achingly funny a few years ago, not least as he wisely keeps a low profile.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=4&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjbk9ul37HMAhWKBsAKHdCeCtYQFggoMAM&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.independent.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fuk%2Fpolitics%2Fken-livingstone-suspended-labour-party-hitler-supported-zionism-antisemitism-comments-a7005121.html&amp;usg=AFQjCNF1z2svZv-iv_Q-g38fv6wvzgwL0Q&amp;sig2=_mOH08iQp4tXc7zGWi5gEg">He couldn't however have been more right</a>, finding himself stuck at the side of Ken Livingstone by grim chance this morning after what even by Ken's standards <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/28/ken-livingstone-suspended-from-labour-after-hitler-remarks">was a clusterfuck of remarkable proportions</a>. "I never ever thought I would see the day that mainstream, well-known politicians like you would start raking over Hitler’s views in a way that people would simply not understand," Clegg said, in what also has to be one of the more understated reactions to a few hours of pandemonium via interview and Twitter.<br /><br />I mean, it's not like this is difficult or complicated.&nbsp; Here's a very simple rule all would do well to follow: unless a debate is about Hitler and the Nazis, don't bring Hitler and the Nazis into it. &nbsp; It doesn't matter if someone else made reference to Hitler first, don't then follow their lead.&nbsp; For instance, if someone ill-advisedly made reference to Hitler <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2016/04/the-antisemitic-muppetry-of-naz-shah.html">even if only through an image meme</a>, don't then try and defend them by saying that well actually, Hitler supported this or that, even if your intention is not to make an allusion to the modern day.&nbsp; Moreover, especially don't suggest that Hitler only "went mad" later.<br /><br />In the grand scheme of things, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/28/timeline-events-leading-to-ken-livingstone-suspension-labour">Ken's remarks this morning to Vanessa Feltz</a>, of all people, were less offensive than Naz Shah's.&nbsp; He was completely and utterly wrong about Hitler supporting Zionism, obviously, which he didn't even in 1932, but he also didn't say Hitler was a Zionist, as some have wrongly claimed since.&nbsp; There is a difference, however subtle.&nbsp; It's true that Nazi policy until later in the 1930s was to in the main force Jews to leave Germany, to begin with encouraging them to do so, before then making it ever more difficult involving payments to the state and confiscation of assets, but there was not a concerted attempt to direct Jews towards what was then Palestine.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/forpol.html">A German Foreign Ministry circular from January 1939</a> makes clear the opposite was the case.<br /><br />Ken was not setting out to be antisemitic, and probably just about avoided being so.&nbsp; He did however allow the impression to arise, as <a href="http://www.liberaljudaism.org/rabbi-danny-richs-statement-on-ken-livingstone-and-labour/">Rabbi Danny Rich has said</a>, of equating Zionism and Nazism, as antisemites routinely do.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2016/apr/28/labour-has-serious-problem-with-antisemitism-peers-claim-politics-live?page=with:block-572229c1e4b0f300275c7cd8#block-572229c1e4b0f300275c7cd8"> As Laura Janner-Klausner has also stated</a>, Ken has form in this area, and while not a Nazi apologist, has in the past failed to apologise for being unpleasant rather than outright racist.<br /><br />His suspension from the party, with the leadership moving slightly more quickly today than previously, is deserved.&nbsp; Had though Ken not decided to make himself available today for interviews, defending Shah and the party when neither want or need Ken to speak up for them, it's likely the claims of antisemitism in Labour would have began to blow over.&nbsp; If instead of following up his interview with Vanessa Feltz by appearing on every show going he had <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2016/apr/28/labour-has-serious-problem-with-antisemitism-peers-claim-politics-live?page=with:block-5721e0d6e4b02c55b6401336#block-5721e0d6e4b02c55b6401336">read the tweet from Sadiq Khan</a>, the man battling to become the second Labour Mayor of London, calling for his suspension, realised the furore he had already caused and retracted what he said, he wouldn't then have got in a slanging match with fellow professional idiot John Mann.&nbsp; But then, Ken doesn't apologise.&nbsp; He doesn't think.&nbsp; Exactly why it is the leadership has not made this clear to him before that his "help" is more hindrance than it is support I don't know, unless Ken has simply ignored their advice.<br /><br />We're now in a situation where thanks to Livingstone's stupidity the race to discover more "evidence" of antisemitism is bound to continue.&nbsp; Ken has without question helped Jeremy Corbyn's enemies in the party, all of whom were exceptionally quick to call for his dismissal, for which they can hardly be blamed, many of whom have no compunction about having their party portrayed as hostile to Jews if it hastens Corbyn's departure.&nbsp; It makes those who have pointed out and argued <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/uk/jamie-stern-weiner/jeremy-corbyn-hasn-t-got-antisemitism-problem-his-opponents-do">that the claims of antisemitism against Labour members</a> so far have been weak to non-existent look foolish, and encouraged groups that have long opposed the party's attempts to be even-handed between Israel and the Palestinians to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2016/apr/28/labour-has-serious-problem-with-antisemitism-peers-claim-politics-live?page=with:block-57220af6e4b0f300275c7c5e#block-57220af6e4b0f300275c7c5e">declare this proves the "evidence is there for all to see"</a>.&nbsp; Most damagingly of all, it will have an effect, no doubt small, but an effect nonetheless on the elections next Thursday.<br /><br />A great day, all told.</span> http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/where-would-we-be-without-leninspart-eh.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-7611668058576197867Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:32:00 +00002016-04-27T21:37:57.571+01:00antisemitismLabourNaz ShahpoliticsracismstupidityThe antisemitic muppetry of Naz Shah and connected silliness.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/27/naz-shah-suspended-labour-party-antisemitism-row">Naz Shah, it's fair to say, is a bit of a muppet</a>.&nbsp; After scrabbling around for months for evidence of antisemitism within Labour, turning up little more than allegations against students at Oxford and idiotic tweets by one or two activists on Twitter, some poor sap at Guido Fawkes was apparently tasked with going through years' worth of timeline updates by MPs on Facebook.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://order-order.com/2016/04/26/labour-mp-israelis-should-face-transportation-out-of-middle-east/">With Shah, they finally hit paydirt</a>.&nbsp; Back in 2014 she shared one of those wonderful image memes that tend to be prevalent there, suggesting a "solution" to the Israel-Palestine conflict was to relocate the country to America.&nbsp; Transporting the population to the States would also only cost the equivalent of 3 years' worth of US aid to the country, so everyone would be a winner.&nbsp; Shah was so taken with the idea she suggested she would send it on to both David Cameron and Barack Obama, not apparently in the least bit troubled by the history of the transporting of Jews, to focus on merely one of its objectionable aspects.<br /><br />It would have been slightly less embarrassing, albeit only slightly, if <a href="http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/senior-bradford-tory-suspended-over-speech-endorsing-misogyny-and-anti-semitism-1-7848042">Shah hadn't also recently denounced a local Tory councillor</a> for his alleged racism, demanding that he be suspended from the party.&nbsp; That it took Labour the best part of today to do the same with Shah despite knowing about the post yesterday, with Shah resigning as John McDonnell's PPS, also doesn't look great.&nbsp; Shah has at least made an unequivocal apology, and did so in the House of Commons, saying that her views have changed greatly over the past 2 years.<br /><br />Whether that turns out to be that, and <a href="http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/157406/labour-mp-naz-shah-hired-zio-tweet%E2%80%99-councillor-parliamentary-aide">the claims that Shah has associations</a> with others with exceptionally dodgy views on Israel stay only that, with Shah regaining the whip at some point in the future remains to be seen.&nbsp; So long as other unacceptable posts are not forthcoming, I'd like to see Shah given the benefit of the doubt and for her to be judged by her deeds rather than past words.<br /><br />We have though been going through another of those periods <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/always-bet-on-boris-going-mad.html">where accusations of racism</a> <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/cummings-streetings-and-well-poisionings.html">and extremism have been chucked around</a> liberally by all sides, all in the belief that there is some political advantage to be gained.&nbsp; If it seems a bit rum for a prime minister involved in the smearing of Sadiq Khan as being a pal of Islamists to then comment on Labour's alleged problems with antisemitism, that's because it is.&nbsp; It also ignores how all of us will have at some point come out with some misjudged, overwrought or plain wrong commentary; social media has only made it easier to discover and make an issue of at a later date.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">Nor is this necessarily of much interest to the wider public, whom if anything would prefer politicians to sound more like they do.&nbsp; When you have people texting into phone-ins declaring themselves relieved <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/25/tories-vote-against-accepting-3000-child-refugees">that unaccompanied refugee children in Europe won't be coming to this country</a>, describing them as "vermin" and "leeches", as I heard on the local BBC station earlier in the week, it's worth reflecting for the most part our representatives resist the temptation to use inflammatory language.<br /><br />The same cannot be said for our allies.&nbsp; When you consider how former Iranian president Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial and remarks on how Israel would "disappear from the page of history" were brought up every time he made the news, it's somewhat odd we don't hear much about the views of Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev.&nbsp; This is even more surprising when you consider <a href="https://twitter.com/presidentaz">he makes them in English, on Twitter, and to over 200,000 followers</a>.&nbsp; His most objectionable by a considerable margin was a tweet from a couple of years back when he declared that his country and Turkey were <a href="https://twitter.com/presidentaz/status/507430784710361088">working together to counter the "myth" of the Armenian genocide</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkAmesExiled/status/722768906939678720">but he regularly insults neighbour Armenia</a>, whether or not the on-going <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagorno-Karabakh_conflict">Nagorno-Karabakh conflict</a> over the disputed territory is blowing hot or cold.&nbsp; Such remarks <a href="https://newrepublic.com/article/120691/tony-blair-does-pr-repressive-azerbaijan-kazakhstan-autocracies">from the head of state didn't stop Tony Blair</a> from "advising" on the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, despite Azerbaijan's turn-around on human rights in general being described as outpacing even Russia's, of which we've heard much more about.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">Far be it from me to suggest we should care far more about genocide denying leaders of men than Labour MPs sharing viral images on Facebook, completely unacceptable as it was, but well, you know.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-antisemitic-muppetry-of-naz-shah.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-4596169720017414264Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:46:00 +00002016-04-26T23:23:12.867+01:00footballHillsborough disasterKelvin MacKenzieLiverpoolpolicepoliticsScum-watchSouth Yorkshire PoliceSun-watchThe bitterest of ironies.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/apr/26/hillsborough-families-27-year-struggle-for-truth-vindicated">The findings at the Hillsborough inquest</a> are a landmark in many respects.&nbsp; The 9 members of the jury who attended the hearings for that period of time deserve some kind of special recognition for their service, not least when so many aspects of the events of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster">the 15th of April 1989 in one corner of Sheffield were</a> and remain so harrowing.&nbsp; That the crush both outside the ground and then in the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough were <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKzKcbOQLq4">captured by cameras that didn't stop rolling</a>, providing a vital document of the events, helped to ensure that after 27 years, justice is at last in reach for the 96 who died that day.<br /><br />It still isn't guaranteed, however.&nbsp; Yes, today's verdict of unlawful killing for every single one of the 96, and the further finding that Liverpool fans' behaviour did not in any way contribute to the disaster is a further vindication of the at times lonely campaign fought by the Hillsborough Family Support Group and others.&nbsp; It does not automatically follow though that charges will be brought against organisations, or especially individuals, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/26/hillsborough-criminal-investigations-to-send-files-to-cps-by-year-end">despite the Crown Prosecution Service's statement that prosecutions</a> will be considered once Operation Resolve and the Independent Police Complaints Commission's renewed inquiry are completed.&nbsp; Even if prosecutions are given the go ahead, <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2012/07/no-alarms-and-no-surprises-redux.html">it's extraordinarily rare for juries to find against the police</a> in criminal cases, where beyond reasonable doubt is the standard as opposed to on the balance of probabilities.&nbsp; It's one thing for a jury to state someone was unlawful killed; to find an individual or group responsible for manslaughter is something else entirely.<br /><br />That it has taken 27 years, <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2012/09/bitter-vindication.html">multiple inquiries</a> and a second two-year long inquest to reach the point where all blame has finally been lifted from the victims in itself needs to be quantified.&nbsp; Some will say today should not be the day for recriminations, and instead be purely about justice finally being in sight, but that is to ignore why it has taken this long in the first place.&nbsp; As stated above, this was a tragedy that was captured from multiple angles, that was broadcast live on TV and radio, that was reviewed that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypE5TG2UPNk">night in depth on Match of the Day</a>.&nbsp; Photographers expecting to record an FA Cup semi-final instead turned their cameras on the crowd, many of the shots of the death throes and agony of those caught in the crush far too distressing to ever be published.&nbsp; If there had been behaviour like that subsequently claimed by South Yorkshire police, the local Tory MP a<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/apr/26/how-the-suns-truth-about-hillsborough-unravelled">nd most notably, the Sun</a>, then it would have been captured.&nbsp; That it wasn't didn't stop <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2012/apr/12/tanked-up-mob-hillsborough-police-thatcher">the myth of "tanked up mobs"</a> being responsible from becoming accepted.<br /><br />For why you have to look at how football was regarded and fans treated in the late 80s.&nbsp; Hooliganism might have already been in decline, but that didn't prevent <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2009/may/18/seven-deadly-sins-thatcher-tories-football">the Thatcher government from wanting to introduce an ID card scheme</a> for supporters, such was the contempt they were subject to.&nbsp; It's not an exaggeration to say fans were seen as another part of the "enemy within", and SYP had shown how they were to be <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2012/apr/12/hillsborough-battle-orgreave">dealt with at Orgreave</a>.&nbsp; The ban from Europe that followed <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heysel_Stadium_disaster">the Heysel disaster</a> was a national embarrassment, the blame for which could only be laid on Liverpool.&nbsp; That it was the same club involved again couldn't possibly be a coincidence.<br /><br />When SYP then set out to lay the blame squarely on the fans and on Liverpool, a process that began within minutes of the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/apr/26/hillsborough-disaster-deadly-mistakes-and-lies-that-lasted-decades">unfolding disaster with chief superintendent David Duckenfield</a> telling FA chief executive Graham Kelly that fans had forced the gate he had ordered be opened, they knew what they were doing.&nbsp; The media (and the public, too) tend to believe the word of the police over other eyewitnesses at the best of times; combined with all these other factors, it was hardly surprising the tabloids reprinted the most reprehensible, despicable of lies as supplied to them by the Whites agency, sourced from Conservative MP Irvine Patnick, who was in the police Niagara club the night of the disaster, and heard "the truth" from senior officers including Inspector Gordon Sykes.<br /><br />Not surprising, but still a fundamental betrayal of their duty as journalists.&nbsp; The same editors who reprinted the claims of fans urinating on and beating police officers trying to save lives, as well as robbing the dead were the ones who reviewed the thousands of photographs sent in of the disaster.&nbsp; They would have watched the reports of the disaster, perhaps seen that night's Match of the Day, which showed extended footage of events as they played out, where Des Lynam, who had at Hillsborough that afternoon repeatedly said there had been no violence involved, where Jimmy Hill said there was no hooliganism involved whatsoever.&nbsp; They would have carried the reports of the fans on what happened, none of whom made such claims, who in the main were already blaming the gate being opened and everyone rushing in as a result, although at that point it was unclear if all who had done so had tickets.&nbsp; The other papers that published the claims quickly retracted them, not least because of the anger and incomprehension in Liverpool at what was being said.<br /><br />The Sun was the exception.&nbsp; It doubled down.&nbsp; Editor Kelvin MacKenzie never apologised unless forced to by the courts or Murdoch.&nbsp; The day after it splashed with "THE TRUTH", it led with "THE TRUTH HURTS", a front page editorial defending its report, not backing down for a second.&nbsp; For all these years later for not just MacKenzie, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/live/2016/apr/26/hillsborough-disaster-inquest-jury-returns-verdict-live-updates?page=with:block-571f7998e4b0386b6c84c8b4#block-571f7998e4b0386b6c84c8b4">but Trevor Kavanagh to still not be taking any responsibility</a>, putting all the blame on what they were told, rather than doing the absolute minimum expected of journalists which is to be sceptical, to check sources again and again, speaks of how they still don't accept they did anything wrong.&nbsp; The media as a whole helped spread the lies, helped the SYP to carry on blaming the fans, laid the ground that allowed the first coroner Dr Stefan Popper to turn the first inquests into a charade where the SYP disputed the interim findings of Lord Justice Taylor's report, which had exonerated Liverpool.<br /><br />It comes back fundamentally, <a href="http://flyingrodent.blogspot.com/2016/04/a-picture-paints-thousand-words.html">as Flying Rodent writes</a>, to where football and its supporters still were in 1989.&nbsp; In the eyes of many, both inside and outside of the game, they were fit only to be caged.&nbsp; Not only did the players have to be protected from them, but so did the general public also.&nbsp; Not all big grounds had such fences penning in supporters preventing them from easily escaping if such a crush developed, but the one chosen for a showcase event, an FA Cup semi-final, did.&nbsp; Had those fences not been there, had there been more gates which could have been opened, if the cages had been easier to break down, then fewer if any of the 96 would have died as a result of the other catastrophic mistakes made by the SYP.<br /><br />It comes back to contempt.&nbsp; Contempt from the government, contempt from the media, contempt from a public that puts its trust in authority when asked to chose between those depicted as among the lowest in society.&nbsp; It was only coincidence that it was Liverpool, which made it even easier, when it could have been any club in that semi-final.&nbsp; It could have been Nottingham Forest's fans in the Leppings Lane end had the decision over which side of the ground to allocate to whom gone differently.<br /><br />There is of course a coda to all this, and not just that finally, a form justice looks like it will be done.&nbsp; We all know what happened partially as a result of Hillsborough, partially as a result of England's performance the following summer in Italy, partially to where the game was already beginning to head.&nbsp; The Premier League.&nbsp; Sky.&nbsp; Enormous amounts of money, massive amounts of hype, ambition never really properly fulfilled.&nbsp; The obscene irony that it was football that saved Rupert Murdoch after he had pumped so much of his money into satellite, when it had been his flagship paper that had so cruelly and unforgivably slandered a club and its mourning, traumatised fans, by extension a whole city, by extension an entire game.&nbsp; <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster#The_Sun">That it took that paper until 2004 to make a proper apology</a>, that today it refuses to comment, that it has never and will never make amends for its reporting on a disaster and yet still prospers, as its owner prospers, is the bitterest of ironies.<br /><br />A disaster on the scale of Hillsborough might never happen again, but is the contempt still there, is the potential for blaming the victims still there, is the ability of those in power to try their hardest to prevent justice being done still there?&nbsp; It's never gone away.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-bitterest-of-ironies.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-7663069871961432364Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:16:00 +00002016-04-25T22:16:38.504+01:00Barack ObamaBoris JohnsonECHREUEU referendumpoliticsTheresa MayAlways bet on Boris going mad.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">Peter Mandelson might not get much right, but when he does, he tends to hit it right on the head.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/21/barack-obama-appeal-britain-stay-eu-brexit">Speaking to the Graun last week ahead</a> of President Obama's visit, he said: "With luck Boris Johnson will go mad again and say it is all part of a CIA conspiracy."<br /><br />Which he didn't.&nbsp; At least not quite.&nbsp; No, Boris just chose to bring up <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/7095695/UK-and-America-can-better-friends-than-ever-Mr-Obama-if-we-LEAVE-the-EU-says-Boris-Johnson.html">Obama's being "part-Kenyan" as a possible explanation</a> for why he hates us so and yet still deigns to tell us what to do.&nbsp; He did this in the pages of the Sun, the newspaper owned by an Australian turned American who sees no problem in telling us Britishers how to vote not just in referendums, but in elections proper.<br /><br />It was an odd weekend, all told.&nbsp; Normal roles were reversed.&nbsp; Usually it's the left that complains about America regarding Britain as the 51st state, or at least that was the case until Obama came along and rewired US foreign policy to a certain extent.&nbsp; Generally it's the right that is pro-Atlanticist, for the very reason they dream of Britain detaching entirely from Europe, floating across the ocean and everyone through osmosis developing a disdain for our remaining social democrat foibles.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/23/eurosceptics-pour-scorn-on-obamas-warning-against-brexit">Instead the hissing from the right against Obama</a> making a pretty vanilla case for staying in the EU was all but deafening, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/24/barack-obama-uk-visit-transformed-brexit-referendum-debate">while the adulation from the left</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/22/barack-obama-crush-brexit-fantasy-eu-referendum">for a US president telling us</a> what to do was embarrassing.<br /><br />To suggest this was all a bit over the top when there's little evidence that Obama's intervention will have anything like the impact either side seem to imagine it will would have been to spoil the fun, it seems.&nbsp; We do after all pretty much know what the two major motivating factors will be when it comes to voters making up their minds: <a href="https://twitter.com/GoodwinMJ/status/722794649379848192">the economy and immigration</a>.&nbsp; This is why the remain campaign has been banging on incessantly about how leaving the EU will lead us inexorably back to the days before we discovered fire, while leave focuses on little other than how remaining in the EU will inevitably result <a href="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/soviet-style-control-freaks-will-worsen-migration-free-for-all-m3rfb6vmb">in every single Turk, Serb and Albanian coming to this country</a> when they join (eventually, if they ever do) and then gain free movement (years after they join), laying waste to the NHS, schools, et al.&nbsp; Michael Gove, <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-calculus-of-political-graffiti.html">who only last week was attempting</a> to be slightly smarter than this, apparently felt the need to go back to basics after Bozza tossed his dead cat onto the table.<br /><br />Boris's resort to the argument made most noisily by US right-winger Dinesh D'Souza, t<a href="https://newrepublic.com/article/77973/dinesh-dsouza-british-kenyan-anti-colonial">hat Obama's heritage and especially his father are key</a> to understanding why he "doesn't believe in American exceptionalism" obscured the fact that he made some very decent points about err, America's exceptionalism.&nbsp; Like the refusal to sign up to the International Criminal Court, or the failure to ratify the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_on_the_Rights_of_the_Child#United_States">UN Rights of the Child Convention</a>, which the US had a major role in drawing up.&nbsp; Of course, signing up to these institutions or conventions can be all but meaningless when some of the worst human rights offenders in the world are signed up and carry on executing children regardless, yet it's the message such aloofness sends.&nbsp; Who is any US president to lecture us on our membership of the EU when America is one of the most insular, solipsistic nations on earth by choice, not by design?&nbsp; It might not be Obama's choice, sure, but it is of much of the rest of the political establishment.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/22/barack-obama-brexit-uk-back-of-queue-for-trade-talks">Obama's message was effectively one</a> of telling us to accept our decline; that might be the most realistic option, and yet who would ever embrace such an option willingly?&nbsp; It's self-evident nonsense that Obama has presided over an American decline, as well as an obvious dog-whistle, yet it's hardly coincidence the candidate promising to "Make America Great Again" still looks set to be the Republican going up against Hillary Clinton come November.<br /><br />Indeed, there's a major refraction of America's role in setting up organisations and conventions only to reject them later in <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/25/uk-must-leave-european-convention-on-human-rights-theresa-may-eu-referendum">Theresa May's declaration today</a> that we should leave the European Convention on Human Rights, rather than the EU.&nbsp; You have to wonder if this is the first attempt at reaching out to the Leavers by Number 10, with the plausible May delivering the message, or if it's instead May still holding out hopes of becoming leader.&nbsp; When you bear in mind that repealing the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a British Bill of Rights was in the Tory manifesto, something that makes no sense whatsoever unless you also withdraw from the ECHR, it's almost the next logical step.&nbsp; Logical in as far as the HRA is going to be repealed; it isn't, as every time it comes up for discussion the can gets kicked further along the road.<br /><br />May's decision to call directly to leave the ECHR does though make you pause.&nbsp; Would the Tories be cynical enough to sacrifice the ECHR to attempt to heal the wounds left by the referendum?&nbsp; It doesn't matter that the ECHR is a nuisance rather than a real blocking measure; the old perennials May mentioned of Abu Hamza, Abu Qatada and votes for prisoners are notable precisely because Hamza <i>was</i> sent to the US, Qatada <i>was</i> deported to Jordan (although more because Qatada himself became fed up with constantly being detained rather than May being victorious) and the government is intent on dragging its feet indefinitely on votes for prisoners.&nbsp; May seemed to infer we could all but enshrine the same rights as in the ECHR/HRA and add to them, such as guaranteeing right to trial by jury, which the ECHR doesn't; in which case, why don't we just rename the HRA to the British Bill of Rights the Tories are so very keen on?&nbsp; Presumably for the reason that our own courts would still stop the home secretary from doing whatever he or she feels like, which is the real reason governments of both left and right have come to loathe the ECHR/HRA.&nbsp; It's not because of what it says, it's because judges dare to disagree with them on the basis of their interpretation of the law.<br /><br />If nothing else it would set up a new battle between the EU over whether or not you do have to be signed up to the ECHR to be a member once you're already in.&nbsp; <a href="https://twitter.com/Robert___Harris/status/723923809347219456">And as Robert Harris pointed out</a>, the major point of the referendum has been to give the Leave crowd something to bitch and moan about, despite having been those most vociferous in demanding it in the first place.&nbsp; It's enough to almost make you want Obama here telling us what to do all the time.<br /></span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/always-bet-on-boris-going-mad.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-5780179557411114772Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:33:00 +00002016-04-22T12:33:08.976+01:00drum and basselectronicmusicnon-politicsyoutube video postsDesire.<center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JrYGaCNVucw" width="480"></iframe><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/I6h0iNCoFe4" width="480"></iframe></center>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/desire.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-7512764313000770870Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:45:00 +00002016-04-22T12:39:16.611+01:00mockerymonarchypoliticsroyal familystupidity90 glorious years.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">From world war to World War Z, reluctant heir to hair apparent, Lilibet to I'm now so old that my pussy is haunted, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/21/the-queen-at-90-across-the-decades">Septicisle reflects on nine decades that have shaped a royal dynasty</a>.<br /><br />1926-1936: The nappy years<br />When the home secretary, Sir Tolbert Jingobird-Pustule is torn away from the pressing matter of giving his manservant a damn good thrashing to witness the birth of Princess Elizabeth, no one imagines that the ugly little bag of flesh and bones, remarked upon by the Queen Mother to more resemble the royal wastepaper bin after one of her gin parties than a child, will be Queen.&nbsp; Elizabeth, soon known to everyone as Lilibet after the amount of drink she is slipped most nights by her parents to shut her up, was third in line to the throne.&nbsp; Growing up in a life of the utmost privilege, Lilibet spends most of her days chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool, shooting peasants outside of nothing I put here is going to scan, is it?<br /><br />1936-1946: That American woman, and mass death<br />Entering her teenage years Lilibet dreams of nothing more than being a country fishwife, settling down and spending her days nagging away at a husband, who as a matter of course cheats on her on a regular basis.&nbsp; This is all shattered when her uncle Teddy insists on marrying some American brass everyone regards as a bit common and is duly forced to abdicate.&nbsp;&nbsp; Now second in line after her father, who apart from his Kingly duties stars in a film about declaring war on Germany but not being able to get the right words out, a happenstance that ends with life imitating art, Elizabeth hides her parents' contraceptives in an attempt to escape her fate.<br /><br />Happily, she shortly afterwards meets "Blockhead" Phil of Greece at Royal Navy College Croydon, where the straight-talking seagull puncher is the only student in the entire school not to be a raving homosexual.&nbsp; Noted royal commentator Vincent Bandersnatch described it as destiny.&nbsp; It was in an attempt to meet Phil that Elizabeth and Margaret famously sneaked out from Buckingham Palace into the crowds on VE Day, only for the pair to become caught up in the moment and get drunk on half a pint of Watneys Red Barrel.<br /><br />1946-56: Apple pie and dressing up<br />In a still garlanded radio broadcast, Liz pledges to "devote" herself to "your service".&nbsp; This is an offer quickly taken up by the rest of the royal household, the future Queen banished to the backstairs for months on end as punishment for showing them up.&nbsp; She and Phil marry in November 1947, despite it being well known to all, including Liz, that Phil spent the night before the event in the bed of prominent society hostess Kitty Malone.&nbsp; Malone dies in mysterious circumstances within a week.&nbsp; Most of the royal families of Europe are invited to the wedding, except Phil's sisters who married Germans, naturally, and Ted and his tart, whom spent the war years trying their best to convince the rest of the royals that Hitler wasn't a bad sort really, just misunderstood.&nbsp; It is on a trip to what Phil calls "Bongo Bongo Land" that George IV dies from complications arising from his haemorrhoids, and Lilibet the Unlikely duly becomes Queen.<br /><br />1956-66: Tramp stamps and Johnny Foreigner<br />With the country at war with Egypt, Phil puts the royal household on a similar footing.&nbsp; Servants are shot at dawn for the most minor of alleged misdemeanours, while savage beatings are administered by the precocious Charles as punishment for not wiping his backside properly. The young prince is soon known to everyone alternately as both Ronnie and Reggie.&nbsp; Exposed in the News of the World, the prime minister Rab C Nesbitt orders that Charles be sent to borstal; instead Nesbitt is found hanged the next day.&nbsp; After a drunken frisson with a Hackney sex worker in December of 1963, Phil is arrested.&nbsp; The entire matter is quickly hushed up, but not before the press gets wind of a VIP with a tattoo of a crown on his lower back having been accused of cottaging.<br /><br />(Continues interminably for thousands of pages, broadcast hours, Commons debates, etc)</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/90-glorious-years.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-1334735687956918951Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:54:00 +00002016-04-21T16:28:55.509+01:00Dominic CummingsEU referendumLondon Mayoral electionpoliticsSadiq KhanWes StreetingZac GoldsmithCummings, Streetings and well poisonings.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">Just in case you haven't noticed, politics is currently going through an even sillier than is normally the case phase.&nbsp; We of course have the EU referendum, which is prompting those either usually ignored or kept away from the cameras for obvious reasons to suddenly find they have the floor; and we have local/devolved assembly elections only two weeks away.&nbsp; The latter results in a fearful combination of leaving MPs with little to do except campaign, and doing little other than campaign.&nbsp; Campaigning is exceptionally bad for the soul of your average MP, as it often leads them to flights of fancy that otherwise would be swiftly shot down.&nbsp; That it also brings out the absolute best (read: worst) in already partisan individuals is expected, but still manages to delight such are the lengths to which the desperate deign to go.<br /><br />First though the EU referendum lot, and <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/20/vote-leave-dominic-cummings-accuses-no-10-threats-brexit-supporters">the spectacle of Dominic Cummings</a>, once Michael Gove's right hand man at the Department of Education, now general hatchet man for hire.&nbsp; Thought to have been behind <a href="http://liberalconspiracy.org/2013/04/18/the-full-story-of-michael-goves-department-and-the-curious-toryeducation-account/">the highly abusive ToryEducation Twitter account</a> that routinely slagged off hacks and generally acted the twat, Cummings has discovered a new niche for his talents with the Leave campaign.&nbsp; Such is his general charm and pleasant demeanour it's widely held <a href="http://uk.businessinsider.com/matthew-elliott-and-dominic-cummings-exit-vote-leave-board-2016-2">he was the reason the various Leave organisations</a> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12143545/EU-referendum-Vote-Leave-stands-by-Dominic-Cummings-to-lure-Michael-Gove-to-run-out-campaign.html">never managed to amalgamate</a>, and he displayed his general loveliness before the Treasury committee today.<br /><br />Andrew Tyrie, the chair of the committee, is one of the few Tories who manages to mix general loyalty to Number 10 with the ability to disagree with and hold Cameron and Osborne to account when necessary.&nbsp; He also doesn't suffer fools gladly.&nbsp; <a href="https://youtu.be/fJjShkGCa4c">Watching him trying to explain to Cummings</a> how the £6bn rebate from the EU isn't taken only to be paid back, clearly dying a little inside as Cummings insists this can't possibly be as that's not how debits from bank accounts work, is to see how the country at large has reacted to the debate as a whole so far.<br /><br />Why Cummings didn't do a bunk like the other Leave figures who failed to appear wasn't clear, unless their making excuses was directly connected.&nbsp; Cummings' performance certainly alluded to the possibility.&nbsp; Instead of diluting the usual Leave message of how everyone in favour of staying in is either scaremongering or lying, he decided to double down.&nbsp; Not only was the Bank of England in league with In, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/downing-street-is-making-threats-to-keep-pro-brexit-business-leaders-quiet-claims-vote-leaves-campaign-chief_uk_5717b44ae4b0f9085c2cc8a4">the Cabinet Office going around threatening</a> to leave horses' heads in beds if anyone so much as squeaked their support for Out and the CBI a bunch of deceitful muppets, but the Foreign Office had been wrong about everything ever and couldn't negotiate its way out of a paper bag anyway.&nbsp; All fine and dandy to claim to the media, but generally select committees expect a bit of evidence to back such accusations up.&nbsp; None was forthcoming, and the session concluded with Tyrie all but declaring Cummings to be detached from reality.<br /><br />Speaking of which, one of those interrogating Cummings was Labour's Wes Streeting, <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/7081614/Jeremy-Corbyn-and-cronies-snub-McDonalds-from-Labour-conference.html">who has spent the last few days fighting</a> for the honour and dignity of McDonald's within the party.&nbsp; One might have thought it fairly uncontroversial to turn down the company's generous offer to host a stand at this year's Labour conference, what with <a href="http://politics.co.uk/blogs/2016/04/20/the-mcdonalds-row-reveals-the-weakness-of-jeremy-corbyn-s-op">Maccie D's being opposed to unions</a>, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/15/mcdonalds-offer-staff-the-chance-to-get-off-zero-hours-contracts">until yesterday refusing to budge on zero hours contracts</a> and purveying junk food.&nbsp; Indeed, said unions and campaigners<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/19/mcdonalds-staff-lovin-the-fight-for-rights"> wrote to the Graun to say as much</a>.&nbsp; But no, <a href="http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/labour-mps-fry-corbyn-over-mcdonalds-ban/">as Streeting and others have detected</a> snobbery and sniffy attitudes from Islington's notorious falafel muncher, <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/jeremy-corbyn-presents-award-at-british-kebab-awards-implores-nation-to-eat-salad-with-it-a6949466.html">who can attend the Kebab Awards</a> but not nosh on a veggie burger with Ronald.&nbsp; Isn't £30,000 of their money as good as anyone's?&nbsp; That if the leadership had said yes they would of got it in the neck for exactly the above reasons rather proves Corbyn can't possibly win.<br /><br />Except in London, where it has been apparent for months that Sadiq Khan is going to walk it in the mayoral contest.&nbsp; Having not seemed bothered that Zac Goldsmith was heading for a thumping, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/mar/23/zac-goldsmith-london-mayor-fight-danger-turned-nasty">not least as Goldsmith himself was the personification of apathy</a>, the Tories have belatedly decided that if they can't win they'll do <a href="http://www.conservativehome.com/localgovernment/2016/04/sadiq-khan-is-still-dodging-questions-on-his-extremist-links.html">their best to poison the well instead</a>.&nbsp; This is all the stranger for how they couldn't have picked a less likely politician to claim is a secret extremist than Khan, who despite his on-off attempts to appeal to the left is dead in the centre of the party.&nbsp; Every past interaction Khan has had with other Muslims or potentially dodgy individuals has been mined, regardless of how unbelievably stupid (also, dangerous) it is to claim that a solicitor shares the views of his clients, for instance.&nbsp; Khan was at one time the chair of Liberty, set-up a human rights orientated law firm and also knew Babar Ahmed from childhood, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/20/tory-claims-sadiq-khan-alleged-links-extremists">so there's plenty there just to begin with</a>.<br /><br />Not that Goldsmith is saying Khan is an extremist himself, oh no.&nbsp; He's merely shared platforms over and over and over again with extremists, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/20/tory-claims-sadiq-khan-alleged-links-extremists">a line taken up by David Cameron at PMQs today</a>.&nbsp; Those paying attention might note this is exactly the same line <a href="http://labour-uncut.co.uk/2016/04/13/this-kind-of-racism-has-not-happened-in-any-major-party-since-the-1980s-discuss/">taken against Corbyn over alleged anti-Semitism</a>; no, Jeremy himself isn't a racist, he just hangs around with and has in the past attended the meetings of anti-Semites.&nbsp; Indeed, the similarity between the attacks on Khan for being an extremist, and the on-going criticisms of Corbyn for not cracking down hard enough on anti-Semitism, being BFFs with Hamas et al is pretty striking.&nbsp; The difference is that the attacks on Corbyn come from within Labour as much as they did from outside; who could have possibly predicted that the Tories would then use such criticisms as a template to attack Labour as a whole?<br /><br />It doesn't really matter that making Suliman Gani out to be second only to Anjem Choudary in the <a href="http://www.standard.co.uk/news/mayor/zac-goldsmith-accuses-rival-sadiq-khan-of-giving-platform-to-extremists-a3224246.html">"most repellent figures in the country"</a> stakes has somewhat backfired since Gani has made clear <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/davehillblog/2016/apr/20/london-mayor-cleric-cameron-said-supports-is-confirms-he-backed-conservatives">he campaigned for err, Khan's Tory opponent in Tooting</a> last year, as the overall aim is to damage Khan more than it is to win the election for Goldsmith.&nbsp; Throw enough shit and some will end up sticking.&nbsp; Claiming Khan is against the police, sympathetic to terrorists and can't be trusted, all while nodding and winking about his also being a Muslim is meant to make his job as difficult as possible from the very beginning.&nbsp; Create the impression your opponent is an extremist, and even if it doesn't work this time, it will have shaped perceptions that will be all the more difficult to shift.&nbsp; This might be especially disreputable considering the heightened fears of a terrorist attack in the capital following Paris and Brussels, but why would you expect any different from a party that has characterised the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/13/tory-theme-corbyn-threat-national-security-criticised">opposition as a whole as a threat to national security</a>?&nbsp; And where could they have possibly got the idea to do that from?</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/cummings-streetings-and-well-poisionings.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-4306565038607263211Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:07:00 +00002016-04-19T21:07:44.581+01:00EUEU referendumMichael GovepoliticsThe calculus of political graffiti. <span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">Is the in, out, please don't shake it all about Boris debate finally beginning to capture the public imagination?&nbsp; I ask, not on the basis of <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/18/treasury-analyses-impact-brexit-scenarios-uk-economy">yesterday's hilarious calculations from the Treasury</a> that by the year 2095 we'll all be a gajillion pounds worse off if we vote leave, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/19/michael-gove-likens-uk-remaining-in-eu-to-hostage-situation">nor today's speech from Michael Gove</a> on how if the British public votes leave we will be saving the good people of Europe from themselves.<br /><br />No, I posit the question purely on how on Sunday I spied the first bit of referendum graffiti, something of a surprise as I can't recall seeing any about last May.&nbsp; There had been a poet in residence down by the river, who at least until his work was recently painted over advised all passers-by to "boycott corporate muthafuckas", "burn a banker" and "save a tree".&nbsp; Sadly the work I saw at the weekend was less lyrical than his, but still set the mind working.&nbsp; "VOTE OUT", this successor to Gilbert and George had spray-painted on the pavement leading off an overpass near to the main shopping district.&nbsp; Not "VOTE LEAVE", or any of the slogans bandied about by the leave side, but simply "VOTE OUT".<br /><br />It doesn't exactly strike as the kind of issue likely to inspire someone to put in the kind of effort and risk the potential of being arrested for vandalism, after all.&nbsp; Indeed, <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/bagehot/2016/04/labour-rejects-lexit">up until Jeremy Corbyn felt the need to get involved last Thursday</a>, the entire campaign thus far seems to have been designed to turn off anyone not already a terminal political dullard.&nbsp; I am a terminal political dullard, and even I've been bored to tears by <a href="http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/scream-and-scream-and-scream-with-added.html">Project Fears 2.0 and 2.0.1 being ran by the Remain and Leave</a> sides respectively.<br /><br />This of course shows no signs of abating, however many insults are flung from both sides about both practising it.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-36078870">Today the pro-Leave press homed in how the Treasury calculations</a> included an estimate that a further 3 million migrants would arrive by 2030 if we stayed in, as though this was some kind of horror beyond words.&nbsp; That this was based on a net migration figure of 180,000 a year, well below the current peak we're experiencing seemed to suggest a missing of a trick, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/19/michael-gove-eu-angela-eagle-utopian-rubbish">while also naturally ignoring how you'd have to be a cretin</a> to believe whatever deal we manage to negotiate with the EU post a leave vote would somehow not include free movement.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.conservativehome.com/parliament/2016/04/goves-eu-speech-key-extracts.html">Michael Gove is that cretin</a>.&nbsp; The leave side has refused to answer which kind of "model" they would like to see pursued should leave triumph, mainly because they can't agree themselves.&nbsp; The Treasury's comedy figures were based on the so-called Canada model some within Leave seemed to be favouring a time back.&nbsp; Gove today instead raised the possibility of Britain <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36084457">remaining in the European Free Trade Zone while not rejoining the single market</a>, previously about the only part of the EU the Tories have had anything good to say about.&nbsp; This apparently would be reciprocated by the rest of Europe not imposing tariffs or insisting on free movement rules applying, despite how Norway and Switzerland, both with deals on trade with the EU while remaining outside are subject to the Schengen agreement.<br /><br />To add to the jollity, Gove also pronounced on how we'd go about leaving in the first place.&nbsp; In Gove world, the idea the government would immediately <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/28/if-britain-voted-to-leave-the-eu-what-would-happen-next">activate article 50 of the Lisbon treaty</a> once a vote to leave had been confirmed is absurd, not something a "responsible" government would do.&nbsp; Considering that the vast majority of the Leave side have been agitating their entire political lives to get us out of the EU, should Cameron (or more likely, whoever takes over in the interim as Cameron would have to resign) seem to be stalling or, worse yet, rowing back on the idea of the vote being final, it would surely prompt an outbreak of keening so loud and overwhelming the whole country would develop tinnitus as a result.<br /><br />Gove it's fair to say is Leave's most plausible advocate, and yet he remains about as appealing as a Newsnight special on the referendum.&nbsp; For all his talk of "a galvanising, liberating, empowering moment of patriotic renewal", evidence for the public feeling the same way about the choice they're about to make is extremely thin on the ground.&nbsp; And yet I have seen one literal piece of such evidence.&nbsp; Which brings us back to where we started, and one further question: what kind of atavistic passions have been awoken by the debate that by comparison make me seem less weird? </span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-calculus-of-political-graffiti.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-9115418027350699054Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:29:00 +00002016-04-19T18:28:23.325+01:00Brendan O'Neillcontrarianismmedia analysispoliticsstupidityContrary McContraryface.<span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 130%;">God, it must be tiring being a professional contrarian.&nbsp; The world is in such flux it's hard enough remaining consistent as it is, let alone when your entire raison d'etre is to be against whatever the current trend or movement is.&nbsp; Should you be cheering on Donald Trump <i>because</i> he's upsetting so many people, or now that it seems he's finally hit the buffers should you be abandoning him also?&nbsp; Equally, judging by how it's been standard right-wing practice for the last 40 years to be against whatever students are currently up to, shouldn't you in fact be on the side of those <a href="http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/how-to-make-your-university-an-unsafe-space/18244">few demanding safe spaces, insisting on trigger warnings and counting</a> all the micro-aggressions they suffer on a daily basis?&nbsp; Or would that in fact be too contrary by half, and lose you vital cred with your other contrarians, huffing and blowing about young people being young and stupid?<br /><br />Brendan O'Neill's Spectator piece on how terrible the <a href="http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/23-things-that-literally-make-me-want-to-eat-my-computer-so-that-i-never-have-to-look-at-anything-on-the-internet-ever-again/">whole Boaty McBoatface thing is an absolute classic of the contrarian genre</a>.&nbsp; The best contrarians you might have noticed always contradict themselves, and never for a moment recognise they are guilty of the same crimes they are ascribing to others.&nbsp; In one single paragraph O'Neill manages to be a magnificent hypocrite three times over, and still ploughs on regardless.<br /><br />The problem with over 100,000 people voting to name a boat Boaty McBoatface then, rather than something more serious like <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Chevron-redubs-ship-named-for-Bush-aide-2922481.php">Condoleeza Rice</a> or Thrusting Organ or Sir Ron Micklethwaite or John Whittingdale or Brendan O'Neill isn't public opinion, but a "shallow, sneery culture taking hold in certain sections of the internet".&nbsp; Heaven forfend that many of those people will have voted to name it that not because they were led by the hand by some minor Twitter celeb, but because they thought it <i>funny.</i>&nbsp; Brendan, all but needless to say, doesn't find it funny, although his piece is so suffused with irony while not being ironic that it's difficult to be certain whether or not he does find it at least somewhat amusing or like those people he says deserved to be bullied for being able to recite whole episodes of Filthy, Rich and Catflap.&nbsp; Irony alert!&nbsp; He doesn't really mean anyone deserves to be bullied!&nbsp; Or does he?&nbsp; Who knows?<br /><br />See, <a href="http://www.spiked-online.com/">O'Neill and the whole Spiked lot</a> are very keen on democracy and public opinion so long as it reflects their own views on how stupid everyone who isn't in their little clique is.&nbsp; When then so many people do something so daft, the blame has to be assigned not to them but to those who drove them to it.&nbsp; Hence this sneery culture gets in the neck, as directed by a media that loves nothing more than "than writing news stories based on some spat Stephen Fry had or a YouTube video".&nbsp; No doubt it's all part of the onion-like layers of irony contained in O'Neill's piece that Spiked currently really does have a piece on why <a href="http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/frys-right-self-pity-is-nothing-to-celebrate/18256">Stephen Fry was right to call out self-pity</a>.<br /><br />It's at this point that an editor ought to come in and say to O'Neill that "hey, dingleberry, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE DOING, AND YOU'RE SNEERING AT THEM TO BOOT."&nbsp; Only there aren't editors any more, just freelancers sending in their work to the content aggregators that O'Neill is complaining about and contributing to AT THE SAME GODDAMN TIME.&nbsp; Still, there is one serious argument left, or at least seems to be: is it not true that the Boaty McBoatfacers are of "a new po-mo generation that has absolutely no sense of history or depth or meaning?"<br /><br />Well, no.&nbsp; O'Neill's band of anti-po-moers have been going on about how terrible post-modernism is since the early 90s, forever slapping each other on the back, whether it be for tearing apart <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baudrillard#On_the_Gulf_War">Jean Baudillard for his the Gulf War Did Not Take Place essays</a> or over <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_affair">the Sokal affair.</a>&nbsp; If this is a whole new po-mo generation, then his group and all the other anti-po-moers have rather failed, haven't they?<br /><br />It's a good thing then there isn't a new po-mo generation with no sense of history or depth or meaning, as this is the same generation that is in fact acutely aware of history etc.&nbsp; We know this because this is the same generation O'Neill etc so detest precisely because of all their <a href="http://www.spiked-online.com/free-speech-university-rankings">trigger warnings, micro-aggressions and so forth</a>, who at the same time are apparently incapable of taking anything seriously, except for racism, transphobia, etc, and who love the "flippant, camp purveyors of 140-character gags and 90-second videos of some comedian ‘ABSOLUTELY DEMOLISHING DONALD TRUMP' served up by Buzzfeed et al.<br /><br />Yep, O'Neill is right, taking things seriously is a real downer these days.&nbsp; Or at least it is if you take O'Neill and his pals seriously.&nbsp; Which I seem to have done.&nbsp; Oops.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2016/04/contrary-mccontraryface.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0