Tuesday, April 16, 2013


From the The Guardian a few days ago. While I saved the photograph for its sheer brilliance in capturing the arch disdain of the woman rising above the all but invisible grey populace and the SOCIETY whose very existence she chose to deny, I didn't save the direct link as there was no original intent to post it. But I'm still stewing on this.


David said...

Looking back on all the anger and protests about the miners, the Falklands War, the poll tax, I wonder what's happened to us now when there's so much to protest about. The student demos seem to have fizzled out with the realisation that such gatherings never seem to have any impact upon the rule-makers.

It's interesting how all this has reignited fury long buried. I found myself fulminating on the phone to a friend, as if I'd become that student sitting with friends round an Edinburgh kitchen table who was - alas, not enough - motivated by the Falklands into developing something approaching a political consciousness.

Anyway, today on The Arts Desk, we pointedly ignored The Funeral by ringing bells of celebration in remembrance of a far worthier figure, Sir Colin Davis. And I played the joyous finale of his Dvorak Sixth at the hour of solemnity.

wanderer said...

As Oliver Stone said (in his own context) - I was sleep walking till I was 40.

There's even less activism down here. There was a bit of a flurry last week in Melbourne at a right ring gathering featuring Murdoch and his acolytes but really, so much social conscience seems to have been inoculated by the relentless right wing press and as Glenda Jackson so pointedly said - the Thatcherite arspiration to things.

I head to TAD now.

Susan Scheid said...

I was quite struck by the "things" comment, too. Jackson hit every note, and just right. I wrote this over David's way, but will repeat it here: The parallel for me is the rewriting of history about the Reagan era here. We could have used a speech like this. (I appreciated the Speaker's handling of the alleged point of order, too.)

As I listened, I was particularly horrified to be reminded of how many of the terrible social problems Jackson mentioned are par for the course over here, and without an understanding that it doesn't have to be that way.