"The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular
representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them" Karl Marx
So Tony Blair's pledge to end poverty has taken a kick in the teeth after the news that 300,000 (or 200,000 or 100,000 depending on which paper or website you read) more children have slipped below the line.
The Church is up in arms, The Daily Mail is calling for an immediate change to a Conservative government and rumour has it the ghost of Karl Marx has been seen haunting the House of Commons toilets.
Now you all know my views already, the British nation as a whole is a ridiculous facade built on the bones of the peasant classes and ruled by a select network of landed gentry, arms dealers, oil barons, media tycoons and private club members and the system is so old and rigid that only a revolution of epic proportions can dismantle the hierarchy and instigate long over due change in our society.
Of course, that's probably never going to happen. These days if there are four people in the room plotting anything against the powers that be chances are one of them is working for the government, the room has been bugged and the other three will be charged on some obscure 17th century law that forbids more then two men sporting a moustache from discussing any kind of activism unless they are all wearing hats.
Then again, I'm sure that's nothing more than weed-fuelled paranoia on my part, I mean, being a drug addled, social misfit and all, it stands to reason that I would say that and therefore my opinion is worthless and invalid.
I'd have to have a degree in Law, Politics or Economics from one of the better universities in order for my theories to be taken seriously ... maybe become an MP who, as we all know, are characters of outstanding moral fibre and wise judgement who govern and make decisions on behalf of the people as a whole, not just for the wealthy and powerful who funded their rise to the top and were, quite deservedly, rewarded with a life time peerage in the House of Lords.
This whole fucking charade of democracy and equality is obvious to anyone with a grain of intelligence but people don't want to see it, they push it into the blind spot between their eyes and even those in the art community, the traditional flag bearers of defiance, no longer have the balls or inclination to strike a blow in the name of common sense.
Bands and Singers piss me off the most as it seems the idea of writing a protest song is all too quaint and below their talent.
Neil Young said he wrote his last anti-war album because he was shocked and disgusted that the younger generation of musicians were so disinterested and unwilling to choose a side and fight a cause. He's right. These days it seems that serious issues have to have a comical twist and everyone is happy to play the middle ground.
Opinions - Real Men Do Not Need Real Doll.com By Jo Allison
At age 12, little girls and boys should put Barbie and Ken back to sleep safely in their plastic boxes, as adults move on from pretend friends, to actual ones.
But for a select group of scary cyborg-lovers who prefer plastic to flesh, life size Real Dolls made from 100% silicone are the next step up from Barbie dolls. They make the perfect playmates, so I'm told.
But who exactly
Opinions - Goody, Goody, Yum, Yum - Racism and Jade Goody By Lee Cassanell
We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced; Herbert Spencer
The problem with racism is there is currently no well known or vicious enough word that another race can use to discriminate against white people.
In fact during an extensive search of the internet the only even mildly offensive term I could find was
"Honky" and if you are white and offended
Opinions - In Response To Fiona Carr's Hands On Our Arts By Esther Windsor
I am writing in response to Fiona Carr's recent article Hands On Our Arts in
the Opinions section of thisisull.com :
to say that Hull Time Based Arts is alive and well.
In the article discussing funding of art and cultural services in Hull she says
'We have seen the collapse of Hull Art Lab, we saw Hull Time Based ArtsRead more...
Opinions - In Response to The Mental Alchemist's Save Our Free School Meals
Mental Alchemist shows an unerring ability to turn gold into lead with the mixture of inaccuracy,
sloppy thinking, and basic political illiteracy.
To start at the most basic there is not a Liberal Party Cabinet on Hull City Council.
Indeed, despite all the treachery and re-branding exercises, there is not even a Liberal on the Council.
Opinions - Hands On Our Arts By Fiona Carr
ThisisUll has good arts coverage and a clear interest in the vibrancy of the cultural scene,
even if it seems a bit indie/ethnic leaning.
It may well be that nobody is interested in the Art galleries and museums, or the
City Hall/New Theatre though there was a time events were featured on these pages around 2004.
However it is astonishing not one
Opinions - In support of Jack 'Last' Straw By Pablo Luis Gonzàlez
I watched in disbelief as people walked around dressed in a most shameful and
obscene diversity of clothes:
A young woman in faded blue jeans, brown boots and low cut yellow top.
A man in a dark blue suit and tie.
A woman wearing the niqab.
A young woman in dark blue jeans, green jacket and sporting a disdainful smile.
A man in a dark suit and red tie.
Opinions - Response to Michelle Dee's Gigging in Hull By Darren Bunting Music HQ
I enjoyed your article on thisisull about the local bands / promoters / scene at the moment and as a musician and promoter I agreed with 99% of what you said. The only thing I would argue/add would be that there are some promoters and venues who do try and make the effort for the artists (my gigs being one I hope LOL)
where acts get
Opinions - Response to Michelle Dee's Gigging in Hull By Dj Mak
In response to my good friend Michelle Dee's
Gigging In Hull
piece on ThisisUll.com
I thought it be right for me to explain the stance and ethos of The Sesh at
The Linnet & Lark on Princes Ave.
The night was started nearly four years ago - 4th Birthday Celebrations in
October -and was set up by myself with the help of Martin Knight of
The FavoursRead more...
Opinions - Gigging in Hull By Michelle Dee
First up, I think that bands should limit themselves as to how many local gigs they play.
Who is going to pay pounds to see a band at Adelphi or Piper when you can see them at the
Sesh for free?
Some of the bands are limiting themselves to only playing two or three local gigs a month which makes sense.
Don't forget the old adage; absence Read more...
Opinions - Response To Michelle Dee's Review Of Phonic Voices At Urban Artz Festival By Paul Rush
I just read your review of Phonic Voices at the Urban Arts Festival:
'Today it came in the form of Nicky a didgeridoo player from Phonic Voices
music collective, with a uniquely special sound.
It was a moment not to dissimilar to the one in the town of Hamlyn when a
certain piper enticed all the rodents away, from the town.
Nicky began to play her instrument
Opinions - Things Can Only Get Bitter By David Sloan
I'm sick to death of listening to people moaning about New Labour. They've only recently been voted in for a third term in office with a large credible majority. So just what do people want? Yes, things have got better under New Labour. If you're a burglar, mugger, paedophile, illegal immigrant, rapist or terrorist, things have definitely got better.
Under New Labour,
Opinions - It's Only A Game By Dave F
Question - What do you call an Englishman in a World Cup Final???
Answer - Referee.
Like most people in the country, I'm asking myself why...
Why didn't we get through to the final?
Why didn't Sven take better strikers?
Actually, I'm asking myself why the England team turn to jelly at the mention of the word
Penalty, and why we have to listen to excuses like
Opinions - Save Our Free School Meals By The Mental Alchemist
Q. What do you get if you cross neo-liberal economic policy with a liberal party city council?
A. No bloody change and the end of free school meals in Hull.
I sat in stunned belief whilst watching Look North today, as it was announced that Hull City Council have put a price on the health and wellbeing of all our children, and it's less than £4 million.
It actually cost the council a
Opinions - Response To The Grim Reaper's Article By Chris Wolds
Hello thisisull team,
I have just finished reading the piece written by the Grim Reaper titled
Response To Arts Council Article.
I read with interest what was there, just as I did the original article and the follow-ups.
It puzzles me that these other comments have been published and those persons responsible for
them have had their opinions aired.
I have always seen this site as
Opinions - Money, School and Red-Tape: Education for Kids in Hull By Margaret Ryan
Education in Hull is changing. Almost a third of our secondary schools are being demolished.
Nearly £200m is to be invested in new schools.
So let us not mince our words - the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project proclaims that
this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive reform of the secondary system and improvements in educational
Opinions - Response To Arts Council Article By The Grim Reaper
We can guess it's a guy that wrote the anonymous letter regarding Lou Duffy Howard receiving
money from the Arts Council for the Grassroots festival.
As a matter of fact Duffy Howard and 'Full Flava' David Okwesia set up the Grassroots
thing and we all work together in making it happen to benefit the local community.
So to whoever wrote the letter I would just like to say