In the UK we had for another general election Thursday is voting day. Don’t forget to go vote.
In this campaign I think has been very difficult to have a sensible discussion between the proposals of the parties due a lack of willingness of the parties to commit to published materials regarding future policy. Without being overly pointed on the issue we know that brexit means brexit, its going to be strong and stable and that the Conservative party manifesto is not a commitment that even lasted to polling day.
Consequently I will be voting for a change on Thursday.
As a treat, here is a collection of recent political songs.
Perhaps like me you social media feed are full of slightly enraging posts about the Trump, Brexit and the upcoming UK election in which please enjoy this post are aim to enrage you regarding another topic.
While my love of happy Hardcore is not a well kept secret a few ago I had the great pleasure of revisiting an old favourite of mine Wicked! by Scooter released 24th October 1996. After listening to the original version and the 20 years of hardcore expanded edition I was pleasant surprised how well the album holds up.
The introduction track, a brief vignette, is a great opener into what is perhaps the most famous of tracks from the album the classic I’m Raving including bagpipes.
On the topic of I’m Raving one should really check out the remix CD and in particular the Taucher Remix.
After this opening the album is a collection of great feel good tracks, Scooter del Mar breaks some new territory, The First Time is surprisingly fresh in spectral considerations and We Take You Higher and Awakening is everything you could hope for in a Scooter track with great synth leads.
The album concludes with Break It Up which is possible one of the strangest Scooter tracks ever. It overlays typical Scooter vocal processing against an acoustic guitar.
In 2015 I posted the question I would have for the prime ministerial candidates in the UK election. I thought I would revisit this post in light of the current UK election but was surprised to realise how little they have actually changed.
The questions I had in 2015 were,
Suggest a situation that would cause you to use Trident?
What circumstance in a persons life need to come about for it to be appropriate that they are homeless?
Would you prefer a land-mine sales person to go to work or quit and claim JSA?
What obligation do you feel we have to the planet?
What current situation do you feel that as a nation we could respond to better being outside of Europe?
I suspect that these questions remain the most important for me and it slightly depressing that even post that election, the brexit referendum and the legislation also activities of government many of these issues remain current.
However I should acknowledge that while these questions largely remained unanswered in the previous election campaign some have already been answered in this campaign.
For me the key issues in this election are the ongoing housing crisis and government planning for permanent changes in the shift of employment models. I consider these two issues to be critical challenges for the UK and ones which if incorrectly handled are likely to create inequality of such significance that they could destabilise the UK.
Yesterday in the Guardian George Monbiot offered the best summary of the upcoming UK election so far.
For me the highlight was this paragraph,
I [GM] would love to elect a government led by someone both competent and humane, but this option will not be on the ballot paper. The choice today is between brutal efficiency in pursuit of a disastrous agenda, and gentle inefficiency in pursuit of a better world. I [GM] know which I favour
I know that we are early in the campaign and I have already blogged about it twice but I though that warranted an extra post.