What we’ve learned this week
1. People who wear secondhand clothes take themselves way too seriously. Have a beer.
2. We’re fucked. When people get this wound up about consumerism instead of what’s going on in the real world, you know we’re collectively burying our heads in the sand.
3. And it’s not as is there’s nothing going on even locally to feel angry about. Just a look at the recent form of Herefordshire Council reveals enough to get yer vintage knickers in a twist: the forced closure of Rockfield DIY; the possible forced closure of the racecourse (whatever your views on the ‘sport’); repeated failure to get the ESG project firmly off the ground; the building of more trip hazards, this time in Broad Street; a spend of £75,000 on Herefordshire Matters magazine instead of on vital services; a spend of £90,000 on finding a new chief executive instead of on vital services. Pretty infuriating stuff.
It’s time to take to the streets, as we might say. But as Kevin Smith comments on our article ‘Why October 20 must be hijacked‘:
“[It's] time for everyone to take off the blinkers, face reality and accept there is no mass movement prepared to fight the class struggle. Backward steps are required, to go back to square one and start building up the grassroot movement. You cannot mobilise mass support when you have no mass.”
Two years ago it was all starting to kick off, with student demonstrations, strikes, occupations, marches and what not. But recently apathy has set in.
Perhaps we just want to forget it all and have a good time. Perhaps we’re just too busy icing our cupcakes.