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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Channel 4 Political Awards - 2006

So the search for the most inspiring political figure of 2005 @C4 has been shortlisted to six nominees [title link]. Who to vote for, eh?

Bob Geldof: who, as the frontman for Live8, and despite raging cynicism surrounding his efforts, once more brought the plight of millions of suffering Africans onto the world stage, thus wringing concrete promises out of those wankers at the G8? (or phone 09011 27 27 05 - alt. text AWARD GELDOF to 83188)

George Galloway: who, as an MP for Respect - The Unity Coalition, and despite a concerted media campaign to discredit him, handed a US Senate Committee it's arse as a hat, thereby guaranteeing a continued platform from which to criticise war and US led oligarchic hegemony? (or phone 09011 27 27 04 - alt. text AWARD GALLOWAY to 83188)

Shami Chakrabarti: who, as director of Liberty, has often quietly, but nonetheless tirelessly, cogently and passionately campaigned against the erosion of our civil liberties, often in the face of what amounts to nothing less than fucking hysteria, roundly demolishing arguments designed to whip up more of the same? (or phone 09011 27 27 03 - alt. text AWARD CHAKRABARTI to 83188)

You could, of course, choose to vote for Tony Blair, David Cameron or Jamie Oliver, but in fairness, if you want to do so, you can fuck off and find the links yourself. Not that i've got anything apart from the meat-eating against Jamie you understand (i'm so used to people doing that these days that i hardly ever forget myself and mistakenly warn them that they are about to put something dead in their mouths), but he's just not really in the same league, is he?

Surprisingly for me, i'll not go on, i'll just leave you with this:
"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all."
~ Henry Louis Mencken US editor (1880 - 1956)

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Blogger MatGB said...

Shami just got a vote by text; thanks for the heads up. Did like Gorgeous in front of the Senate, but still don't like him generally, I think he does more harm than good.

19/1/06 00:08  
Blogger edjog said...

I disagree about Galloway, Mat. It's the media spin that does the harm: he's no more of a twat than most and much less than many.

I think the only way to defeat this attempt to marginalise him and even more importantly, what he speaks about [and i'm almost choking on my muffin to say this, but], is to engage the media on their own ground. To stop repeating the slurs and try to establish some [i swear i'm gonna puke!] post-modern ironic cool.

In fairness, if he and his crew have thought this through before his appearance on Big Bollox, they are to be admired for their audacity and perspicacity.

19/1/06 04:36  
Blogger janinsanfran said...

Galloway is not illiterate and inarticulate; consequently he was a great hit in DC. That says more about us than about him.

19/1/06 07:58  
Blogger edjog said...

There was the matter of evidence of course and while i'm sure Galloway's verbal dexterity went down better than my own,

"Yer can shove it up yer arse, yer daft cunts, yer've got fuck all on me!"

would have done, had i been in his position: the outcome would have been precisely the same. Except i'd have got more laughs. And free beer in every pub in Britain for the rest of my life. Except i don't drink alcohol anymore.

19/1/06 15:50  
Blogger Chromatius said...

I'm with edjog. We're better off with Galloway than without. So he's a career politician - and therefore vain, and a dealmaker.

He's a 'controversial' politician who's survived without following the party line, and therefore is constantly vilified by the media. And may have played fast and loose on the margins as well.

But we're still better off having had him in our political life. And the Senate appearance was great -if let down a little by inadequate research on his interlocutors.

But I guess as serious person would have to vote for Shami Chakrabarti.

20/1/06 07:45  

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