Saturday, July 14, 2012

Whatever Happened To Leon Trotsky?

Earlier this week the BBC and its flagship Panorama current affairs programme deigned to give the British public a sound and worthy 28 minute overview into our national descent to Seventies style levels of blanket  discord. Something which the informed British public has been talking about, to the exclusion of everything else, for the past 28 months ironically enough. Back to the Seventies indeed - without the residual industrial base, charismatic footballers, salary-property price connectivity, The Wombles or any sense of communal historical continuity.

This being broadcast at the exact same period that London's Shard mega-skyscraper has been formally opened - the soaring, egotistical and one fingered FUCK YOU to everybody in the capital losing sleep night after night over domestic financial logistics of hell's own creation - and with Big Brother audio messages now on London Underground from the bumptious Lord Mayor advising everybody to travel strategically during the Olympiad on a transport system that has not been able to cope with the resident and tourist populations here in living memory.

In Belfast too this week, during the Twelfth celebrations, there has also been a nostalgic return to thirty years or so hence with the annual Republican Community and Youth Intifada in North Belfast and some impressive Loyalist street theatre outside a local chapel in an evidently post-modern and reflective coda commentary upon Peter MacDougall's 1975 anti-sectarian Just Another Saturday television play.

Leon Trotsky, as namechecked in The Stranglers' magnificent fourth single No More Heroes and which was released appropriately enough in 1977, noted that a state would approach revolutionary conditions off the back of the collapse of the capitalist system in terms of inflation, unemployment and business bankruptcy. The course of  subsequent political change will be gauged in turn by the direct reaction of the petit bourgeoisie to the said economic developments and its decision to  either support the capitalist system (and their fascist proxies) or to unite with the working class and their existent revolutionary political party. Back in the golden days of the Seventies however the scale of considerable national bedlam in the United Kingdom lead to no particular historic political breakthrough for the scary Trotskyites or the even scarier National Front.

Whether the six clear modern agents of insidious social control in a beleaguered New Britain will be able to hold fast this time around - the cheap supermarket lager, censored news media, Facebook, mass unemployment, free internet pornography and television talent shows - remains to be seen.

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