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Kick Out The Tories


Kick Out The Tories – Newtown Neurotics

As relevant now, sadly, as it was when first released in the early 1980s.

Lets kick out the Tories
the rulers of this land
for they are the enemies
of the British working man
and it shows,while that bastard is in unemployment grows
and it shows,in hospitals,factories and
the schools that they’ve closed.

Evil will triumph,if good men say nothing
evil will triumph, if good men do nothing
and it shows, while that bastard is in unemployment grows
and it shows, from Toxteth down to the Crumlin Road.

Lets overthrow them soon
cant you see what they’re trying to do
we’ll all be frying soon
Cant you see what they’re trying to do
lets overthrow them soon
cant you see what they’re trying to do
they just abuse their power
both black and white are being screwed.

Don’t believe every thing that you…

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Grassroots music & politics – 2


Having started with the far right, now for the not quite so far right…the Labour Party.

Are musicians and creative people generally more likely to lean to the left, politically speaking ? It does generally seem that way.

Labour once had a good relationship with musicians – I’m particularly thinking of their engagement with Red Wedge, the collective of musicians who attempted to engage young people with politics in general, and the policies of the Labour Party in particular, during the period leading up to the 1987 general election, in the hope of ousting the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher.

Fronted by Billy Bragg (whose 1985 Jobs for Youth tour had been a prototype of sorts for Red Wedge), Paul Weller and The Communards lead singer Jimmy Somerville, they put on concert tours and appeared in the media, adding their support to the Labour Party campaign.


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Grassroots music and politics – 1


Here’s an idea… forget the spin-doctors and the mainstream media and instead explore the political landscape via the music it’s inspiring.

You probably won’t have heard much, if anything, of what follows. It’s not played on the TV or radio, the political parties themselves don’t know it exists and almost certainly wouldn’t care for it if they did – with one exception. There is one party who understand the concept very well – can you guess which one ?

This is folk music (small ‘f’), music performed by folk, singing about their concerns. For the most part it’s DIY recordings and videos, probably made on no budget at all in most cases, and released into the wild via Youtube and other sites.

It’s not-for-profit, its makes no money for corporations, it almost certainly wont be on your radio. But its inventive, satirical, funny, vitriolic and often thought-provoking. What else do…

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Whitby councillor claims aliens are influencing President Putin’s actions in the Ukraine conflict


A Labour councillor has claimed Russia’s President Putin is being advised by an alien race.

Simon Parkes told an audience of around 30 people in Wallsend, North Tyneside, that recent hostilities in Eastern Europe are down to extraterrestrial intervention.

Coun Parkes, who has previously claimed he has had ‘hundreds’ of alien encounters in his own life, blamed a group of aliens he calls the Nordics for President Putin’s aggression in the Ukraine.

The North Yorkshire councillor said the Nordics were supporting Putin against percieved American influences in the area.

He said:

“Putin had been part of a group advised by reptiles. Nordics made a counter offer to Putin.

“The technology the Nordics are giving to Putin is on a par with America.

“The Nordics have told Putin he no longer has to toe the American line, hence his resistance.”

The Whitby councillor also told the audience at The…

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Cassetteboy – Cameron’s Conference Rap

Conservative Party policy in under two minutes…




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Oi, Milliband – Where’s My Free Owl ?


Seems a Surrealist managed to hack into Labour’s  press team’s Twitter account yesterday, giving the impression that  Ed Miliband had come up with his most revolutionary policy so far.

Everybody should have his own owl,’ said the tweet that quickly took flight on social media.

One tweeter said: ‘We had  hoped our compulsory owl  guarantee would be a head  turning policy, but sadly it’s no longer going to take flight. #tweettwoo’.

Another, Lucy Vine, said: ‘You know… I think a free owl would actually genuinely make me vote Labour.’

More serious-minded observers pointed out that it would be a  policy unlikely to find support at the Treasury, as baby barn owls cost around £80 each.

To provide one for all 63million people in the country would  cost £5billion a year, or around 5 per cent of the entire budget for the NHS.

But if you think…

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British Government Can Apparently Now Change Laws Retropectivly

Yesterday the British government took the unprecedented step of effectively declaring that it is above the law.

A few weeks ago the Department of Work and Pensions was judged, according to the Court of Appeal, to have illegally sanctioned unemployed people who had been forced to work for free.

Being forced to work for free – with the taxpayer picking up the bill for a measly £71 a week Jobseekers Allowance – is known as workfare.

Those driven on to workfare had not been given properly informed about the schemes and – by violating the law – the Government was due to cough up an average of £550 to 231,000 illegally punished people.

So far so good…

But…what was the Tory response? Not only to change the law, but to do so retrospectively. No laws were now broken, because those laws have been changed in hindsight. Retrospective lawmaking – the implications are astounding.

This rule change was pushed through last night because the Labour party ordered its MPs to abstain – although a number, to their credit, voted against it – allowing this travesty to go through.

Why should anyone obey a law any more, since Parliament can now apparently retrospectivly change it at whim.

Something you did perfectly legally today might this time next week be illeagal, and if they make it retrospective to yesterday – you’ve broken the law, even though you hadn’t at the time. The lunatics have finally gained full control of the asylum.

You may wonder why you didn’t hear anything about this on the news today. Because there appears to have been a news blackout is why. Only a few blogs reported it, and, to his credit, Owen Jones at The Independent newspaper.

His article is here…e-8542193.html

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Local Election Time Again…

UK local election time again yesterday… I don’t know about where you live, but in this city it was hardly a maelstrom of excitement and enthusiasm. And I’m not talking about the voter apathy here, but candidate apathy.

I can remember a time not so long ago when a local council election meant you could barely open your front door for all the leaflets extolling the virtues of the various  hopeful Toms Dicks and Harrys.

Posters supporting the candidate of choice adorned many windows, and you could barely sit down to eat you dinner without a supporter – or even the candidate themselves – knocking on your door as you took the first mouthful. There were even political meetings where you could go and heckle them.

You may not have liked any of the candidates, but at least you damn well knew who they were.

Those days, it seems, are gone.  This year I didn’t see a single poster in a window – not just in my ward but during my travels around the city. Every dinner was eaten uninterrupted by political hopefuls.  Meetings do not happen anymore. And as for the leaflets…

Four candidates standing in my ward… one leaflet received – take a bow the Green Party candidate, who got my vote, though not just because he sent me a leaflet but more because his competitors represented the dreaded T.H.E.M. [Three Headed Electoral Monster, otherwise that triumvirate of ugly sisters known as Conservative, Labour and Liberal].

But to be honest, even the leaflet I did receive was pretty poor. Do they have to be so boring ? Dont politicians have any imagination ? Actually, on this last point, yes they do have imagination, as any perusal of their expenses claims will testify. But somehow it never seems to be applied to their literature.

I think one day I may have to stand as an independent candidate, if only to improve the standard of leafleting. I’m doing this off the top of my head, no doubt it could do with a little polish, but how would you feel about picking up another damn political leaflet off of the doormat and finding it started:

He stood in the shadows, regarding the city spread out below him with a jaundiced eye. A seething mass of vice, corruption, inequality and  [insert a local issue here – parking problems in the High Street or something…].

It would require a strong man to clean up this civic cess-pit. A man of integrity, a man of impeccable moral rectitude. Such men were rare, but had not the Gods themselves forged him for just such a purpose ?

And I could maybe knock up some kind of super-hero costume for when I go round knocking on doors – who was that masked man ? And hold political rallies backed by a rock band.

Would you vote for me ?


Mr. Frankenstein

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