Thursday, September 27, 2007

The New Jerusalem

At lunchtime today, we were treated to the unedifying spectacle of the Labour Party Conference closing with both a chorus of "The Red Flag" and William Blake's "Jerusalem", which is more commonly performed at the close of Conservative Party conferences.

In case you haven't read Peter Hitchen's "Abolition of Britain" in which the author claims that Britain has experienced a "cultural revolution", comparable to the one imposed on China by Mao, you may wonder why a group of socialist Scots, responsible for dismantling any real concept of England, might be singing what is considered by many to be the English national anthem.

I suspect it's all about trying to capture the middle-ground of Conservatism while paying lip-service to the last of the "comrades" - still found slumbering within our own council chamber -with no real place inside the affluent new Labour political class that appreciates a good capuccinno or Chianti!

I wonder what they will sing in Blackpool next week? It can't be 'Jerusalem', Gordon's pinched that along with the crime policies. Send in some suggestions and I'll pass them along!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was "the comrades" as you term them who got the NHS going after WW2, gave eveyone the chance of a decent education, and gave the working classes a chance at a decent life instead of them having to work in dangerous and disgusting conditions and living or dieing at the whim of tory millowners and mineowners.
Now that is all in the past and their usefulness is somewhat limited. Some have gone over to champagne labour as they felt they had nowhere else to go, and the others are just living out their days not doing anything very useful.
But we should not foget them and their contribution to a decent quality of life for most of us.
There is not much point in my experience recently in any non-conservative Cllr trying to get anything done in Thanet for his/her ward as he/she will be pretty well ignored by those in power so they might as well slumber in a corner.
Much money is being spent in nice conservative areas, I feel that labour stronghold areas like Cliftonville west which are heavy in social misfit, povertystricken or otherwise needy residents are not getting their share.

Anonymous said...

Well said!

Anonymous said...

We just wanted some big 1100 litre euro dustbins placed at the corner of Dalby Sq and Athelstan and Ethelbert Roads in Cliftonville West - to get rid of the black sack and other rubbish problem in the area and make it look nicer and stink less.
These are like the ones on Margate Seafront and other places.
Can we get them? No way, my Cllrs (all 3 are Labour) can get nowehere,they try month after month.They tell me the Chief Exec says all the available money for that sort of thing is being spent on Broadstairs at the moment.
And yet the crazy thing is that it would save TDC money to put those big bins in place - the poor roadsweepers wouldn't have to work overtime and 7 days a week to clear up domestic refuse spread about by seagulls the area every morning.

DrMoores said...

Leave it with me and I'll see if I can help your request along with a couple of well-placed emails!

Eastcliff Richard said...

I'd suggest Always Look on the Bright Side of Life for next week's Tory bunfight.

Anonymous said...

Buggins Brown is playing a very clever game and unless Cameron and the Tories concentrate on active and incisive opposition on topics like incompetence, waste in spending tax-payers money, balance of payments and national debt, Iraq, neglect of Armed Forces, quite blatant lying in respect of the EU Constitution and massive examples of sleaze but most importantly that Brown was at the heart of Labour Govt whilst all of this was going on. He is not new; he was not elected to his post and he certainly aims to hang on to No 10 to satisfy his long held and worryingly deep ambition to be PM even if he puts in Tory policies to do it and sings Tory anthems.

I suggest that Cameron's crew sing the 'Red Flag' but to different lyrics:
"The working class is a thing of the past, Tory Brown's in Number 10 at last...."

chris wells said...

To be fair, and I do try, Jerusalem has been a favourite of socialists in years gone by, following the declaration of the new jerusalem to come with socialism after the war. The timing of the change to singing it is quite interesting, but even a brief study of the geneology of this piece reveals some startling things, including the fact it is the adopted song of British naturists as well as the Womens Institute. There was a few months ago the most fascinating television documentary on the uses and applications of this hymn, which makes me sound like a terrible anorak I know, but it was truly enjoyable, joyous, and uplifting. (Dear God dont let Smudger read this!).

Anonymous said...

To pinch your banner slogan it now seems it was "Vote Tony - Get Tory Brown".

tony flaig bignews said...

Face it the Tories are finished until such time as they have a solid leader and also some policies to sell.

tony flaig bignews said...

Face it the Tories are finished until such time as they have a solid leader and also some policies to sell.

Anonymous said...

How about finishing with 'Anarchy in the UK'...!

Michael Child said...

With Tony on guitar? Although with politicians and a punk theme Frigging In The Rigging comes to mind for some reason, it’s certainly easier to sing.

Anonymous said...

anon again!
Those big bins are all out at the Waste Tip next to the Cemetry. (nice) They are stacked 20-30 high, rotting in the open conditions. The TDC seem to have turned a 'blind eye' to this fact. Have a look quick because as soon as they read this, they'll move them round the back out of the Public's eye!

DrMoores said...

I've passed your comment on teh bins on for ation!