We’re now officially at Series 1 Episode 2 of the US version of Black Mirror, and I must admit I’m not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. The premise is ridiculous – Manhattan property developer wins US Presidential election by energising anti-establishment poor white rural voters – the acting is awful, and the narrative is all over the place. It’s like M … Continue reading Sketching out the Trump Presidency
Happy New Year to you all, dear readers! What better way to celebrate a new year than by announcing the winners of our surprisingly successful ‘Refractory Awards 2016!’ With over 400 votes cast, millions of bitcoins spent on blatant lies painted on the side of a bus, and some Russian hacking, this is undoubtedly a victory for the little people, the real people, and the village people. And … Continue reading And the winners are… Refractory Awards 2016
There is no mistaking this time of year. The soppy music in Pret-a-Manger. The angry shoppers in Westfield. The tourists standing on the left on the escalator. The feeling that the year, and the world, are about the end… Yep, it’s Christmas time again, which means awards season! Woohoo! Last year’s Awards Winners were a deserving bunch, but this year’s promises to be even more special! … Continue reading 2016 Refractory Awards – Vote Now!
Dear White People, We have a problem. As a long-standing moderate member of the white community, I feel it is my duty to speak out after the recent events. No longer can we white people simply bury our head in the sand. No longer can we look the other way, when a small minority of our people are enabling acts of extremism. We were shamefully … Continue reading Dear White People
Take a deep breath. Ok, so the worst has finally happened. Of all the possible electoral outcomes for 2016, this was a holy trinity of disasters. First Brexit. Then Colombia. And now President Trump. This was the big one, and it couldn’t have gone worse. 2016 feels a lot like 1933. President Trump. We’re going to have to get used to these words. So yeah, … Continue reading American Psycho
For those of us privileged enough to live in the Glorious Islands of the Disunited Kingdom, it is difficult to avoid the all-consuming nightmare that is brexit. It dominates the news, the conversations, the supermarket shelves, and every Tweet/email/snapchat sent from the UK now contains at least 50% brexit. Everyone hates brexit. The Leavers bemoan the fact that people are constantly talking about brexit as … Continue reading Enough with Brexit Already
Dear reader, please accept our apologies.
2016 has been a complete disaster so far, and we have failed to prevent this from happening. It has made for some pretty depressing reading, and from our point of view, some pretty depressing writing.
We’ve tried hard to find a light at the end of the tunnel, but we’re now pretty sure that the light is in fact an oncoming radioactive train, with massive gold-plated letters spelling out the name TRUMP. And it’s about to tear down whatever social fabric and post WWII order we have left.
So yeah, sorry about that.
Between Brexit, the dismal state of the Labour Party, terrorist attacks all over the world, the spectre of Trump, the most right-wing government in living memory in the UK, the purge in Turkey, the bloody mess in the Middle East, Boris Johnson getting a government job, and the rise of populist, demagogue parties all across Europe, 2016 does feel like the beginning of the end. Like the part you read about in History books and think “How the hell did it ever come to this?” Continue reading “Making Sense of 2016”
Before we start our controversial debate as to whether it’s morally wrong for unimaginably wealthy people to avoid paying taxes whilst lobbying for austerity to be imposed on the poor, it is worth noting the complete inadequacy of the moniker ‘Panama Papers’.
The ‘Panama Papers’ sounds like a film starring Tom Cruise about a young, handsome, and yet vertically challenged lawyer, who finds buried evidence about poor procurement practices in Lancaster City Council, whilst wearing his Panama hat. It’s wholly inadequate for the situation we are facing here. It’s like calling the Jimmy Saville scandal ‘The Lime Grove Indiscretions’. It doesn’t exactly tell the whole story.
This should really have been called ‘You Are Getting Completely Screwed by a Super Wealthy Elite, And It’s Only Getting Worse, Part XVI’. No Tom Cruise needed for that one, and at least we all know where we stand. Continue reading “Panama Papers – The Great British Rip-Off”
2016 could be a momentous year for the US and the UK. It’s quite possible that, by December, the UK will have left the EU and Donald Trump will be President-elect of the United States of America. A scenario which, 12 months ago, would’ve read like the script of a cheap TV drama about an unlikely political dystopia is now looking, if not probable, at … Continue reading Democracy’s Acid Test