I’ve always been the kind of person who’s mood is is very clearly reflected in my choice of reading and listening material – if it’s Kate bush on the stereo and I’m parked in the corner of the room reading Mervyn Peake then you know you’re on pretty safe ground with me.
This evening I decided to switch things around on my MP3 player and replace a fair bit of the more relaxed stuff I’ve been listening to for a while with a few old favorites…
…The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag/Henry Rollins, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down – I guess you can see where this is going – and when I’ve finished this it’s off to the bookshelves to dig out a few bits annd pieces I haven’t read for a while; I strongly suspect the Hunter S Thompson collection’s about to resurface.
And then there is this…
The talk on a few blogs tonight – I won’t say which for the moment – is very much of what can we do to get rid of Blair/New Labour.
Sorry guys – you’re asking the wrong question there.
Seriously, Blair is not the problem, merely a symptom of the deeper malaise. You may well think that by working to get rid of Blair/New Labour you might just halt the creeping destruction of our civil liberties, maybe even secure a reversal of one or two of the more recent abyssal pieces of legislation.
Look at the edifice of social control that Blair and others are creating – I won’t go into detail here, you know what I mean. Take a real long hard look…
…and now ask yourself whether you truly, genuinely believe that any incoming government, whether its a straight switch to the Tories or some sort of loose coalition involving the Lib Dems, is seriously going to start dismantling that which Blair has built this last eight years?
You may a shift or two in economic policy, but can you really see any future government passing on ID cards and the power of the database state and seriously setting about taking it apart?
No. Me neither.
The problem here is not any one individual or any one political party but the whole rotten edifice; the modern political class that, today, dominates party politics, the managerialists and the state functionaries. It’s like a fucking hydra – you cut off one head (Blair) and two more grow back just as bad.
What is to be done?
I’m not entirely sure – there are ideas percolating around at the moment but nothing definite other than the sure and certain knowledge that if things are to change then we must find a way take the mandate to govern away from the existing political class – all of them.
We have maybe three, possibly four years before the next election – tine enough, I think, to get our thinking caps on…
…that is, if we really are serious about change.