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How did we get here ? When I was a teenager, growing up in the 1990s, there seemed to be a real sense of progress and destiny amongst people . We'd come out of the recession. Education was still free (higher and university) and this 'classless society' mantra really seemed possible (in part thanks to Maggie T, of course).
The government was dull and stupid, of course, and the seeds were being sewn for our future downfall . Michael Howard's 'Criminal Justice and Public Order Act' was largely stupid and wrong. It gave the state more powers than was just and moral . Something New Labour would later take up with a passion and determination never before seen .
But with the passing of this Act came a message - people may dislike something, but the State can always claim the moral high ground and trump everyone's hand. 'It's for your own good; the ends justify the means'.
Middle England ignored this Bill. They bought the Mail line that giving the police more powers is the answer. Give them bigger sticks, and the trouble makers and wrongdoers will fold .
Wrong. This approach never has and never will work. Because by clamping down on alternative scenes and alternative lifestyles (such as those of the underground and rave scenes of the early '90s and the old Squat parties and digs that came with that), you are effectively trying to homogenise society. And in so doing, you kill its heart and soul.
The same goes for attacks on the ancient English common law tradition of presuming a man's innocence until guilt is proven. The right to a full jury trial, where verdicts are delivered under unanimous decisions, were attacked by the Tories in the '90s and finished off with a coup de grace by Straw and Blunkett under Labour.
These Acts splinter society, and eradicate aspects to life and culture by forcing people to conform to what the state or certain lobby groups want them to be.
I write this piece because Mark Steel, the brilliant far left stand up comedian and Independent columnist, wrote this piece before Christmas. The piece is entitled 'Help save Christmas from the dreaded X-Factor'. I give you this very important passage from the article:
All that makes music powerful is systematically removed by the X Factor process. Anything dirty, painful, eccentric, scary, in other words individual, is scrubbed away, so if Janis Joplin or Kurt Cobain or Eminem had ever applied, they'd have been chortled off in the first audition.
Mark Steel, wittingly or unwittingly, reveals a very serious problem in Britain today. Certain key elites, political or otherwise, have an upper hand not seen before in Britain since Feudal times. The brow beaten, brainwashed and belittled masses are force fed a diet of no choice.
You have no choice politically. You have no choice in what you see on television or within popular entertainment. Music has been depressingly hijacked by a small number of labels and interests who force feed us a diet of bland shite. Steel's 'X Factor' rant could not have come at a better time. Because this stuff really is that bad, and weirdly, it really is that 'popular'.
I think all of these things feed into why this country and its people have no sense of purpose or direction anymore. Contrary to what a lot of people on the right say now, it isn't all New Labour's fault (although they are hideously guilty of nurturing this state of affairs). It began under the Tories.
We see more and more legislation telling us what to do, think or say. We can get arrested and charged now for saying things to people that are not nice. When did that happen?
There are less and less freedoms. Fewer and fewer sources of real, authentic and interesting culture. There's no underground scene, outside of the aggressive and knife infested slums of London. Every decade up to the noughties had their thing going on. People felt part of a 'wave', regardless of age. Now people feel a wave alright - the wave of authority and conformity washing us up on the beach like an army of useless, overweight whales.
Let me quote Mark Steel again...
"Anything dirty, painful, eccentric, scary, in other words individual, is scrubbed away"
I love that quote. Because it is so fucking true. Music is such a true and potent barometer of the human spirit and of the heath and make up of any given society. And if you take away that which is authentic and real and passionate, what are you left with?
A Citroen Xsara Picasso, a shit job, a plasma pumping out 'X Factor' repeats, a husband who has lost all interest in life and a couple of kids who play too much Playstation.
So will the 'Tens' be another shit, directionless and authority-dominated decade? Or will us people grow a fucking pair and do something about this bullshit?
Let's crack our fucking heads together and work towards breaking the mold. If the pen is mightier than the sword, then let's play 'Zorro'.