Friday, March 29, 2019

This Indecision's Bugging Me

I typically listen to my local NPR affiliate, mainly so I don't have to hear any of those accursed Kars4Kids commercials that play on the local CBS news radio station. At 3PM, the BBC Newshour is broadcast, and the main topic was the Brexit shitshow. The exit was supposed to have occurred today, but the numbnuts in Parliament haven't been able to figure out the terms of their divorce from the European Union, so there's a three week delay period until a 'hard Brexit' is bound to happen.

Americans tend to be fooled by British accents, they tend to assume that Brits are educated, sophisticated people, forgetting that the UK is home to the football hooligan and the lager lout... and these knee-biters seem to be running the country. The populace of the UK hasn't exactly covered itself in glory, but as an American, I have to note that the entire Anglophone world seems to be suffering from a malaise, rooted in bigotry and exacerbated by Russian propaganda campaigns on social media.

I'm generally in agreement with John Lydon about the English people- they tend to be a decent lot, led by some of the most horrible people around. With Brexit, though, the damage was self-inflicted by plebescite. Good guys like Charles Stross have sounded alarm about availability of medicines, and there was talk of impending food scarcity should a no-deal Brexit ensue. The government of the United Kingdom has inflicted two major famines on colonized peoples, and it looks as if it's going to inflict a third, this time on its own people.

The whole situation is beyond fucked up, and the Irish border situation is cause for alarm, so how about a musical interlude to take our minds off of this bloody mess?

Weird, when that song was released, it was considered one of the Clash's few non-political songs.


M. Bouffant said...

"accursed Kars4Kids commercials"
You'll be glad to know, in a misery loves company way, that we have them way out here too, & I am as much if not more irked thereby. All over the tee vee, too. My muting finger is getting sore.

Plus I've heard the whole deal's at least something of a scam.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

It's a scam alright, but not as big a scam as Brexit.