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tell it like it is, joe
this is why you should vote conservative.
look at the great art and music that came out under a previous conservative regime.
mass murderer and conman tony bliar shaking hands with serial turncoat noel gallagher, after wiping the blood from his hands - was the nadir of rock and roll, the day the music died(for the underlying toryfest that was britpop, anyway).
we don't need a government that sings our songs, we need a clueless oligarchy, who breath a separate air, and wont steal the oxygen of our dissension.

the last conservative government ushered in social engineering on a grand scale, initiating an exclusion policy, that saw hearts being ripped out the heart of towns and cities, as public spaces were left to rot(whereas now they are franchised), shopping malls moved out to the edge of towns(handily out of reach of those who can't drive), cities became a world of the have and never hads, where the old school closed the doors and put up the barriers to the people who couldn't afford or didn't believe in the myth of a designer lifestyle.
but this in turn, freed up lots of cheap spaces in the inner-cities to arts-projects and alternative vintage shopping malls(i'm thinking of my adventures in liverpool, in the very early 90's here... all those great little enterprises that suddenly appeared in empty warehouses, a stones throw from the crowded shopping malls filled with crap bread and opposed the current trend to build inner-city housing that is priced way out of the reach of anyone who isn't an office-serf with no committments except to the boardroom and the upkeep of a soft-top smartcar.
yuppie slums, i call them, corporate ghettos... the walls go up, the electric gates close, and another part of the city falls victim to the cultural apartheid.
they sold-off council housing to the very people who owned the houses, and made them responsible for the enviromental facilities needed for sanitation and rubbish-collecting which in turn, they sold off to the highest bidders.

the conservative government penalised scotland for it's complete lack of tory support by issuing the poll tax a year earlier than england: essentially treating the country like a guinea pig for a tax that didn't work in other countries, and it was initiated in england to the sound of rioting in london.
at that time, i was living half a mile away from the scottish border, on the english side... and it really felt like stepping across a dividing line(thus the tories brought about the end of the union.), when i would go to the scottish side to attend college.
so, in essence they created a "them and us" society where voices could be heard without interference(maybe except for the various comic+book shops raided under the obscene publications act... tits&clits fanzine being a notable example: it was a feminist cookbook comic, but got itself arrested due to the title.).

art needs room to grow on it's own, and not be stifled by the hangers-on.
labour messed around with the arts, essentially funding it into the ground, where the art was considered secondary to the amount of money it would attract, and as a result we now have a counter-culture to the counter culture: where artists and creative types have to wade through the crowds of parasitical non-creative individuals, who attach themselves to artistic projects under the guise of "support for the arts", but are only in it for the money and middle-class cachet of fine art patronisation.
the tories put their old paintings up in rarified galleries, where security watch you like a hawk, in case you do something... middle-class airheads swish around in velvet jackets stroking their chins while looking at images of the good old days of the empire, while they hire young art-students to work in the tearoom, serving sandwiches to old ladies in furcoats.
abstract art that matches the curtains, and scented candles baby!
if you want to support the arts, buy a photograph/cd/painting... don't show up at a studio with a spreadsheet and a calculator.

art has become a strange commodity - where people like to hang stuff up on their walls to admire, but spit on the actual artisans who create the work, for being layabouts...
when i tell people i take photographs, they don't ask me whose work i admire, they ask if i "do weddings", and the eyes glaze over at the thought that i might be cheap to hire... or worse, they state that it's good to have a hobby( a fcuking hobby? you poor deluded cogs in the machinery.).

art itself has become passe, merely following the language of graphitti without the message or meaning... real graffiti sprayed on the walls illicitly by fauvist hoodies in the dark of night, has become more political than a thousand damien hursts sitting in their villas, scouring the internet for the new imagery.
we need a government that doesn't want to understand the counter-culture, that leaves it to it's own devices, we need another punk rock revolution, because we really need to hate the people in charge, which is never going to be easy with nu-labour pretending to be your best mate.
i started my artistic journey, under a tory government who couldn't be arsed with artists, and just left the creative community alone to get on with the job of living on benefits and making great art.

the music was better under a tory government too, we didn't have councils organising "festivals" with lacklustre mainstream acts who fitted the bill, we had music fans putting on gigs in local parks for the people, by the people... you weren't told you couldn't come into your neighbourhood park, unless you had the correct colour of wristband, but you were asked to maybe support the cause.
we had angry musicians with a cause to rail against... the last great political anthems were by the stone roses, a long time ago, but following in the great tradition of protest songs.
i was listening to nina simone today(enough said, it doesn't get any better than that.), but i'm not going to go into a rant against x-factor, that's just light entertainment, we had that in the 70's under the name of seaside special, mike yarwood doing MOR impressions and singing with a bit of chat, des o'connor... which in one way or another, provided the smoke screen for punk to happen.

we need the clash, a new rock&roll riot, a new generation of erstwhile teddy-boys in zootsuits ripping up cinemas that show endless films that have the consistency of mashed-potato... but that'll never happen, when local stages are held to ransom by AOR kids with blonde hair, wearing clean denim jeans and playing expensive guitars... if anything coldplay/snow patrol/james blunt/paulo nuttini and all that mordant sonic dross have probably put more people OFF forming bands, as the music is so execrable it kills off any enthusiasm(and stifles rebellion and expression, don't think for a minute that pop has become nuetered by accident,)
the snake-headed hydra that is lilly allen, the perfect summation of this ideal that music should be secondary to being a showbiz personality and having a lucrative career, where the newspapers write more about the subjects relationships than creative influences... she is now no longer a musical artist, and branching out into fashion or whatever franchise she can whore her ass off to... everyone loves a tourist.

the labour government's initiation of the DEbill is a case in point - placing the blame for a failing creative culture at the feet of the very people who support it(ie: music lovers), as opposed to a government who have overseen the closing of small venues(due to arcane licencing laws), and replacing them with no-music policy theme pubs(disneyland for adults)... without maybe acknowledging the fact that without venues, or financial support - bands can't play or make money: not every band has a record deal, but what's the point in having a record deal, if all the independent record shops have fcuking closed because of high rents anyway!
here's an idea... sponsor bands/artists/musicians/photographers/performers and keep the fcuk out the way... watch a creative community develop.

people don't go to gigs anymore, not when there's computer games culture to contend with and hundreds of satellite channels... the internet could actually provide a mass means to organise/agitate/organise... which is why we have arrived at the zenith of surveillance culture, it's hard to watch over a generation who meet underground... i speak from the experience of being involved in organising a few clubs back in the early 90's, that had a few obvious government sentinels in attendance... despite the fact we were doing nothing more than organising a shabeen.
i have seen however the facebook effect, with a nationally organised vintage fair, that attracted people who queued around the block and into the street, essentially to get into to a fair that was fairly lacklustre(but the possibility was there!).

we need a government that's euro-skeptic
... britain needs to keep it's grubby toes out of the fantastic places in europe, trampling over culture with macdo's and tourbuses... i was in barcelona, and someone asked me where the nearest macadee's was... i was aghast that someone could come to such a beautiful city, yet want to sit in a sanitised franchise eating something that tastes like the box it came in, that looks like every other outlet anywhere in the world....
if anything, it should be made easier for europeans to come here though - and to bring with them, fresh ideas and café culture, to over-ride the great brutish pub-lunch of steak+stodge, although i do think europe is better off without the influence of britain(just ask anyone who lives on the costa del sol...).
europe is a beautiful place, i worry that it'll become more like little britain.

but here on this sceptic isle, we need a government of obvious idiots, for something good to flourish basically.


Helen Highwater said...

Ooooooh, very contentious!

But their cupcakes were lovely.

eightball said...

they were...
but the point i'm making is, that the vintage fair was organised and attracted a huge amount of people to an event that featured items you could buy in the vintage shop you had to walk past on the way there.
that is using the power of the internet to good effect.

Anna M. said...

hear! hear! - ok, i'm not conservative at all. And I don't live in England..but this makes sense!

eightball said...

...all i'm trying to say is: the labour government have cosied-up to art/culture and essentially nuetured anything it might say by bringing money/careerist/lifestyle choices... art needs to be on the outside if it's going to have anything worth saying.
a right-wing tory government(which i abhor) would be something to rally against, and we would see some new art with "something to say" which i think is missing these days.
i think the morrissey says it best in the song...

thanks for the comment!

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