Political Rant

I guess I am lucky to enjoy my life, and the life I have had. I’ve got a great family, mortgage, car, kids, grandkids, ipod, Playstation, website and blog. I’ve got a job I enjoy most days, and I get a holiday every year….I am probably what I would have called middle class.

I am nostalgic, hence this blog and the Punk Grandad T-shirts (for which I am currently £94 in profit  ). I go to gigs, listen to the old music, (and some new stuff), and I go to Rebellion…..my life is so normal.

Why am I telling you this……well I can see history repeating itself. The government is Blue, the poor are about to be hit the hardest, social housing is going to become ghettoised. And what are we doing about it……nothing. Sure there are debates on the TV, but we are told the cuts are necessary and we seem to be accepting it. We all have to work another year, we are accepting it. Our kids will have to pay more to for further education….(who does that suit?)….we are accepting it. Public services, our services, are being hit the hardest…and we are accepting it. What the fuck has gone wrong?

We need the Punk attitude to come to the surface, we need to fight apathy, we need to fight acceptance of what is clearly not right, we need to help the people who need it most, not the bankers, politicians, not me as a middle class citizen. And I’m not talking of extremism, anti-capitalism, ‘have to live in a squat to have an opinion’ type of protest, but simple stuff like buy a big issue, donate to a charity that helps the poor, do some volunteer work, look out for a neighbour…jesus, it can’t be that hard.

And when the time comes, vote for someone who wants to help others worse off than you….its hard when you have a job and a mortgage and a family and a car and a holiday…..but some people, human beings like you and me, live in poverty in this country because they might not be educated, live in a ‘bad’ area or simply have made a wrong choice in life.

If we can cast our minds back to the 70’s, or read some history, take the lyrics of Crass, the Jam, Subhumans, King Blues, the attitude of the Clash and the Dead Kennedy’s and hundreds of other bands and idols, really take note of the words we used to preach, take it all in and fast forward to today, we really can make a difference to some peoples lives, because we will have the right attitude and we will care…a lot more than the fuckers in government today.

Rant over.

Steve Ignorant – Last Supper

I went to see Steve Ignorant at the Birmingham O2 last night and was mightily impressed.

I guess I am lucky enough to have seen Crass at their height, at Salisbury Grange supported by Dirt, and for me it was in the top two gigs I have ever been to, so going to Steve in Birmingham was really exciting.

The gig was opened by the legend that is John Robb and his band Goldblade. To be honest they did ok, but not really the sort of stuff I’m into.

When Steve came on he looked almost embarrassed to be there, but as soon as he opened with ‘Punk is Dead’ the crowd was his. Just as well cos he was a bit out of practice and needed a breather every now and then….luckily the crowd sang all the words in these bits :-).

Biggest song of the night for me was the epic ‘So What’…I was chuffed to bits I still remembered all the words. I had managed to get on stage in Salisbury and sing it with Crass….I left it to Steve and the crowd this time.

I was wondering how they would do any from the Penis Envy album and thought it would be ignored, but they came up a blinder with Beki…what a voice. She was absolutely amazing….her vocals on ‘shaved women’ were immense. If anyone knows if she’s in another band let me know….I wanna hear more.

So, a fuckin great night, a great set, superb musicians and the pleasure of seeing Mr Ignorant……bloody marvellous.

Thanks to ismusicloud for bunging this on You Tube…….


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