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Tuesday, 13th Mar 2012

Plan B’s ill Manors

Music video and interview.

I can’t pretend to get this or even like it, but by fuck I’m glad it’s out there. I gather Plan B is fairly popular and signed to Warners but who cares, it’s about time music that kids listen to got political again.

(Although I do kinda like it.)

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Friday, 26th Aug 2011

Rillstone on Human Rights

Always essential reading, this man. Always.

It’s no good being a little bit in favour of human rights, or a little bit skeptical of the idea that health and safety means the end of society as we now know it. You have to denounce the whole fantasy; just like you’d denounce someone who believed in the Procols ofthe Elders of Zion. There is no human rights culture. There are no elf and safety fantatics. There is no political correctness brigade. The Queen is not a telepathic alien lizard. Nothing is eating away at the fabric of society and no-one banned Christmas.

I’m always quite astonished that this sort of thing needs to be said, but there you go.

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Sunday, 14th Aug 2011

Generation Fucked

An Adbusters article from 2007, republished in light of recent events, looking at the state of British youth.

According to the Unicef report, which measured 40 indicators of quality of life – including the strength of relationships with friends and family, educational achievements and personal aspirations, and exposure to drinking, drug taking and other risky behavior – British children have the most miserable upbringing in the developed world. American children come next, second from the bottom.

It goes on to look at the potential causes of this at some length and, given Adbusters takes a strong anti-consumerist line in general, it’s doesn’t come across as that extremist.

via Something To Read

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Friday, 12th Aug 2011

Adam Yousef’s Birmingham Riots films

Part 1, part 2.

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Riot Reads II

Following on from Wednesday’s roundup of sensible things I’d read about the rioting, here’s some more. (The first two are the essential ones.)

The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom by Peter Osbourne (Telegraph)

Big Brother isn’t watching you by Russell Brand (Guardian)

Pick Up The Pieces by Daz Wright

London riots: the intelligence taboo by Dave Hill (Guardian)

UK riots: political classes see what they want to see by Aditya Chakrabortty (Guardian)

And in the idiocy department:

First rioter given eviction notice by Wandsworth council.

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Wednesday, 10th Aug 2011

Riot Reads

I’m resisting writing anything about the riots because I lack the knowledge and experience to do so, not to mention veering from incoherent anger to numbness whenever it comes up, but I have been doing a fair bit of reading. Here’s the stuff I’m enjoyed, if that’s the right word.

If there’s a thread I hope it’s “things are a lot more complex than you might hope” or “ignorance is no longer bliss”.

London riots: the underclass lashes out by Mary Riddell (Telegraph)

“Recreational looting” in perspective by John Naughton

Riot Thoughts by Will Wiles (specifically points 4 and 5)

In Broadway Market by James Meek

Most of the kids are alright by Rosamicula (Don’t worry about the age warning)

The psychology of looting by Zoe Williams (Guardian)

The vulnerability of the British state – deeper lessons from the urban riots by Patrick Dunleavy (LSE)

I’d hope the tone those sorts of articles will prevail over the coming weeks but if this BBC interview with Darcus Howe is anything to go by I seriously doubt it.

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