This month: we finally finished a trilogy of bits about our travels in the Czech Republic, Communism as-was and capitalism as-is that we started in 2012; we got angry at how society lionises business and fawns over the richest, as typified by the BBC’s The Apprentice, and how it neglects, belittles and abuses NHS personnel; and we contrasted the way in which modern parents dote almost obsessively on their offspring, while doing, thinking, or, apparently, caring very little about the climate catastrophe that might rob them of a future.
… And, music-wise: funky Nigerian afrobeat from Fela Kuti, and banal ‘50s country and western.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, it’s Christmas time, and the Bemolution is communicating with you from its fairylit inner sanctum, swimming in tinsel and shovelling grotesque quantities of chocolate log down itself.
We don’t celebrate birthdays (exceptions made for young children or the impressively old), or like ceremony in general, but we officially do quite like Christmas. Not enough to suspend our miserablist current affairs-prodding, of course. But it at least encourages people to squeeze a trickle of festive goodwill to the rest of the species from their neoliberalised granite-hearts, and stop trying to compete each other into the dust long enough to eat their own bodyweight in turkey and Brussels sprouts.
Anyway – to business.
In this month’s Bem Bulletin
1. George Osborne’s Autumn Statement
1 and a bit. … And Sociopaths in power
2. Porn Censorship and the Tyranny of the Vanilla
3. The Life and Times of Gordon Brown
4. Jim Murphy, Neil Findlay, Scottish Labour
5. Obligatory Christmas Commercialisation Whinge Continue reading