“I have a nuclear option; it’s like fighting a war. They know I have nuclear weapons, but I don’t have any conventional weapons. If they push me too far, then I can walk out and bring the government down; and they know that.”—
Deerhunter: Desire Lines - “When you were young, and your excitement showed, but as time goes by, is it outgrown?”
This must be one of my most listened-to songs from 2010, mainly because once I start listening to it I find that I can only stop once I’ve become a moist-eyed emotional wreck. I loathe it when songs are described as “timeless,” but Desire Lines definitely is (though I will admit that part of its timelessness is rather rooted in the hazy guitars of 1989/90).
One of the few reports about today’s day of action against corporate tax dodgers, being staged by UK Uncut on high streets up and down the country. Mostly, unfortunately, it seems like another case of virtual media blackout.
“The post-1945 settlement of the welfare state is about to be permanently decimated, and unless the British public have become anaesthetised, there will be a kickback. So next up it will be trade unionists, the unemployed, nurses, teachers and local government workers. Prepare to be kettled, insulted, abused, batoned, arrested on a pretext to justify coercion, intimidated and then subjected to a propaganda attack in the media.”—Phil Shiner: If you want to protest, prepare to be kettled
… it was never my plan to turn Unreliably Witnessed into some kind of political rant link-log. Really, it wasn’t. While I previously posted occasional political content, I preferred the mix of images, music, fonts (!), design, humour, etc that still sometimes manages to appear on this tumblr. Ultimately, however, it’s difficult to avoid the various horrors that this supposedly caring, sharing Coalition government is unleashing on everyone - but primarily the poorest and most disadvantaged in society - in the name of “cutting the deficit.” So, for the moment, you’ll just have to put up with it, I guess. Or unfollow.
I felt I should give you fair notice, just in case you prefer to keep your internet browser free of the Daily Mail’s usual rampant bigotry and hate-filled invective. But the story that the above link takes you to - as UK Uncut has already pointed out this morning - is quite remarkable. Even the staunchly right-wing Mail is now pointing out the injustice of billion-pound business dodging millions in tax payments while the government makes horrific cuts in public spending. Whatever next? Low-flying pigs over Whitehall?
“The student protesters of this winter of discontent are my heroes. Instead of giving up on politicians who failed to deliver their promises on tuition fees, the students have been galvanised into action. Their demonstrations and occupations are the antidote to the cynical bile that is spewed out on internet forums against anybody who dares challenge the notion that free-market capitalism is the answer to all our problems.”—Billy Bragg