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February 24, 2010

Orthographically challenged English Democrat alert

Filed under: Politics — syzygy @ 12:19 pm
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In a recent blog post, Dean Lacey who is proud to say he’s English and is apparently standing as a PPC for the (new?) English Democrat party introduces some interesting new ways of perverting the English language such that many primary school children could have made a better fist of the job. I don’t however honestly think I could vote for someone who fails to grasp the importance and primacy of the English language whilst loudly proclaiming to be proud to be English. If Mr Lacey wants to convince me that it’s time for change, then he could reasonably begin by sorting out his spelling, failure to correctly capitalise proper nouns, and to adequately deploy punctuation. Anything else I might have missed? Oh, yes, Mr Lacey, if you want to voice my opinion, you’d better sort your act out and make sure you can articulate (and correctly spell) words with more than two syllables that don’t just constitute platitudinous slogans…. If this is amongst the best that the English Democrats can do in terms of prospective parliamentary material, they’re doomed from the word go….

Political Correctness Gone Stark Staring Bonkers…

Filed under: Language — syzygy @ 11:56 am
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I think this latest gem recently reported on the BBC website just about sums up the complete idiocy, inappropriateness and crass stupidity of the current climate of spurious political correctness. As a long-suffering England supporter of long-standing (and it’s been a very long time since the zenith of 1966 by way of some notable nadirs, principally the long-ball game beloved of the likes of Mr Don Revie and his sidekick Howard Wilkinson) if I can’t laugh a little at the wee sleekit timorous Scots having a jealous and humourous poke at our national team of overpaid mercenaries, then I may as well give up and start following a somewhat less controversial sport such as tiddlewinks. “Anyone But England” is a catchy little title and hardly racist by any stretch of the imagination. What next? Will the abuse of plastic Mancs or the prawn-sandwich brigade supporters of Chelski become a target for this loathesome regiment of semantic neo-Puritans? I shudder to think what will occur if this ridiculous and pettyfogging obsession isn’t sooner or later nipped sharply in the bud or we’ll end up in a post-Orwellian world of minispeak where only sanitised and state-sanctioned semantics are permissible. I may disagree with what the grudge-bearing kilt-wearing little bastages up north of even the remotest fringes of civilisation (which in my book stops somewhere between Totnes and Exeter) but, to paraphrase Voltaire, I’ll volubly defend their right to say it. The time for the PC lobby to be brought collectively to their knees is long overdue.

February 3, 2010

Survivors as political allegory

Filed under: TV criticism,Uncategorized — syzygy @ 7:32 am
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There’s something distinctly and fascinatingly unpleasant about the BBC not-so-cosy catastrophe series remake, Survivors. It started off a series and a bit ago with a global pandemic which obliterated almost the entirety of the population and has somehow contrived to become progressively darker and more disturbing by the episode. Most of this darkness emanates from one of the central themes which is being articulated by the series, that power is symbiotically and inextricably linked to coercion and violence.

This is not an unusual premise given all the available evidence of history, but there is much more than this going on beneath the surface. There is, inevitably, an awful lot of off-the-wall nonsense going on, notably the unlikely closed-in survivalist community with an as yet unarticulated agenda, but a lot of the mainstream of the story is concerned with political allegory. The obvious conflict between Abby Grant, the voice of reason, and the erstwhile government Minister Samantha Wilson, now transformed into a gun-toting executrix, (and who could easily have been cloned from one of the ideologues of the British mainstream political parties), is deeply interesting to the point of almost justifying the series on its own. Samantha, like many of those whom I diss on a fairly regular basis, is unscrupulous, unprincipled, dishonest, hypocritical and self-serving, which ticks all the boxes of necessary qualifications for a career in politics within the framework of the current status quo.

It’s interesting to note that the ratings for this have slowly dipped as the series has progressed, which is a shame since this is one of very few programs in the current execrable desert of imported nonsense, game shows, and candy-floss to ask hard questions of the viewer.

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