Bumbling idiot act broken

So Boris Johnson has finally allowed the act he’s been playing for some time to slip and and the real Boris Johnson has been nicely exposed by Eddie Mair. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person – everyone got to see just how nice on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th March. You can watch the interview courtesy of the BBC in the UK. Other countries might need a bit of searching to watch it.

I think such an occurance has surely been coming for some time. I find it difficult to believe that someone who is really such a bumbling idiot could have maneuvered to such a position as Mayor of London. Perhaps the real scenario is that’s the technique that Boris has always used to deflect attention from the reality of what he’s really like – a personality that seems much more suited to his political success. I could, of course, be wrong and I frequently am but it will be interesting to see what the fallout is.

It’s some time now since the incident occurred and Boris seems to have been somewhat quieter than usual – possibly drowned out by the furore surrounding the death of Margaret Thatcher although it might also be because he seems to have pissed off to the US. Long may he stay there but I expect he’ll be back, particularly as the ‘bad news’ has probably been buried.


So last night I watched the Dario Argento movie Suspiria on DVD. It’s a horror film from the mid 70s and something of a classic. There’s an intense soundscape throughout the film and the sets are awash with bright, bold colours. Definitely worth seeing for the sound and sets alone, but it is entertaining too.

It’s just a shame the audio mix isn’t more consistent – the levels are all over the place. That’s the only real negative with this DVD movie and apparently the same sound problem exists on the blu-ray.

I hope you like your blood thick and bright! Enjoy…

Still Waiting for Superman?

I have just finished reading Kangaroo Courts and the Rule of Law by Desmond Manderson. It is an excellent analysis on the relationship between law, literature and justice – and on DH Lawrence’s ideas on the nature of justice – and how the crisis of modernity continues to plague us. For various reasons that led me onto think about the Occupy movement.

Ever since World War I all of our certainties have been shattered – and we still haven’t recovered. Fewer and fewer people believe that God will deliver us from our earthly woes – but that doesn’t mean that any number of equally misguided romantic, transcendental beliefs haven’t taken root. There is a reason that cartoon superheroes have been one of the most successful and enduring cultural symbols of modern life – they represent our deep held desire for something or someone to sweep in and act outside the structures of daily reality in order to improve our lives in a way that seems impossible if we conform to existing norms. This is why dictatorship continues to hold an allure despite the numerous horrific examples of where that inevitably leads.

When the Occupy movement first started gaining mainstream press attention the lack of leaders was one of the aspects highlighted. This is a deliberate reaction against the failures of ‘leaderism’ demonstrated in many political movements in the past. There have been any number of articles questioning whether the movement can survive without leaders. Is refusing to deal with existing power structures just another example of hoping that some other force will sweep in and change the world? Is Occupy still waiting for Superman?

I would argue that not only is this not the case – but that stepping away from the cult of the leader and working together to make decisions is the only way to generate the change that is so clearly needed. Why should we deal with corrupt power structures that  have quite clearly failed? We should work together sure in the knowledge that change won’t happen unless we make it happen…one tiny victory at a time.

Forget Superman. We’ll save ourselves.

Standard Government Policy: De-regulate, Disaster, Shrug

The title of this post is shamelessly lifted from a radio program I listened to on the way home from work last week. And it’s absolutely right, that’s standard government policy. I don’t just mean the current bunch of useless tory bastards, it’s the policy of ALL political parties. All equally useless.

Compare this with the approach taken in Iceland to a recent disaster that seems to have its roots in the deregulation of the banking sector, or their sheer incompetence or maybe the faintly ridiculous idea that the economy will keep growing forever. Or maybe all three. But I’m getting distracted by another bunch of cretins, back to the point. Iceland has take a different approach to most of the rest of the western world in tackling this crisis.

I recently read an interesting post on the Icelandic situation, interesting because it highlights not only the way that the issue has been approached but also the results that are being produced by this approach. I don’t think anywhere else is seeing any positive results of any policies intended address the current situation. On the contrary, it seems as though it’s used as an excuse to push through more punitive financial measures, sell off or deregulate any remaining government properties, by a front bench comprised of millionaires who really have no concerns in the current environment.

So, as yet another budget day draws near, what’s the likelihood of any constructive policy? From everything I’ve heard so far, absolutely fuck all chance! There’s a famous quotation that to keep doing the same thing each time and expecting a different result is a sign of madness…