Corbyn gør traditionel venstrefløjspolitik moderne igen

Labour-lederen Jeremy Corbyn fik markant fremgang, på en politik der ville demokratisere økonomien, stoppe den stigende ulighed, og hjælpe flygtninge. Det kan de danske partier i den såkaldte ”Rød Blok” lære af.

Jeremy Corbyn fik over 40 procent af stemmerne på at love traditionel venstrefløjspolitik ved det Britiske valg, selvom nærmest hele pressen, og dele af hans eget parti, havde stemplet ham og hans politik som håbløs inden valgkampen. Read more of this post

Punk-anthem ‘God Save the Queen’ turns 40

Today, May 27, marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Britain’s alternative national anthem God Save the Queen by punk band the Sex Pistols. A song and a band that helped reconnect rock music with culture, participation and rebellion, and resonated far beyond the British shores.

By the time the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen was released, with its criticism of Queen Elizabeth’s silver jubilee, Read more of this post

Punk-hymne fylder 40

I dag, den 27. maj, er det 40 år siden Sex Pistols udgav ”God Save the Queen.” En sang der var med til at ændre Britisk kultur og havde indflydelse langt udenfor Englands grænser – blandt andet i Danmark.

Sex Pistols spillede to koncerter I Daddy’s Dance Hall i København I juli 1977, lige efter udgivelsen af deres mest kendte sand, God Save the Queen. Ligesom det skete i Storbritannien, hvor bands som Joy Division, The Clash og The Cure blev dannet efter hørt Sex Pistols-koncerter, dannede Steen Jørgensen og Peter Peter Sods (senere Sort Sol), efter at have været til koncerten. Read more of this post

Punkhymne lavet på stjålet Bowie-udstyr fylder 40

I dag, den 27. maj, er det 40 år siden Sex Pistols udgav deres alternative nationalsang, ”God Save the Queen.” Sangen blev mødt med lige dele entusiasme og afsky, afhængig af hvor gammel lytteren var, og var med til at give rockmusikken nyt liv som konfronterende og rebelsk musikform.

Punken, som Sex Pistols var den mest kendte eksponent for, var en logisk videreudvikling af rock’n’roll, der fra Gene Vincent og Elvis, til Iggy and the Stooges, New York Dolls og Bowie, havde kaldt til oprør. Sex Pistols’ forsanger Johnny Rotten var på en måde Ziggy Stardust, med meget dårlige manerer. Read more of this post

Alternative national anthem turns 40

Today, May 27, marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Britain’s alternative national anthem God Save the Queen by punk band the Sex Pistols. A song and a band that helped reconnect rock music with culture, participation and rebellion, and resonated in many other placed around the world.

By the time the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen was released, with its criticism of Queen Elizabeth’s silver jubilee, Read more of this post

Why can’t I vote?

Why can’t I – a British citizen living abroad – register to vote in the next UK general elections, and why must I thus be denied the right to help determine the future of my country, and how it acts internationally, at a time when my vote matters more than ever?

I was born a British citizen in 1972 and have remained one to this day, although I have lived outside the UK (where I grew up in Cambridgeshire) since 1980. I eat marmite on my toast, dream and swear in English, and hope England do well at every World Cup and Euro finals, even though they always end up underachieving.  Read more of this post

Swaziland can learn from The Gambia

bheki_blogAfter a coup and 22 years of authoritarian rule, The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh conceded power in elections on December 1. Swaziland, another of Africa’s small authoritarian nations, can learn from The Gambia that there is strength in unity, says Swazi activist Bheki Dlamini.

Swaziland and The Gambia are two of Africa’s smallest nations, both less than 20.000 km2 and with populations below 2 million. Both got their independence from Great Britain in the sixties, and both are more or less engulfed by, and to a large degree dependent on, a much larger and more powerful neighbour. Read more of this post