Back in 1977 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee.
I remember the country being awash with Union Jacks and there were street parties everywhere.
I was 11years old at the time and remember our street party being a laugh - the funniest thing was my father and some of his friends coming back from
the pub and taking over what had been up till then rather sedate proceedings.
It became chaotically hilarious.
But my most lasting memory was the advent of Punk.
During that year I left Primary School and went to a Comprehensive - the BIG school.
And at this time both me and my brother were discovering Punk.
Living on a council estate in a North East English town we were pretty late in catching up with all the new trends etc coming out of London and the
other major cities.
But once we heard The Bollocks album and The Clash we were hooked.
There was a group of us on my estate, all lads and around the same sort of age, who between us somehow managed to get copies of the relatively few
punk records available and we played them endlessly.
And it meant something to us.
And as young as we were we GOT IT.
Punk was about not conforming, pushing back the bounderies, being your own person and being in control of your own future and destiny.
These were people we could relate to - not like the mega rich has beens of yesteryear who didn't have a clue what it was like to be young, bored,
skint and cast aside on a council estate in the middle of nowhere.
I was too young to be a part of the anti-Jubilee crowd, but I was aware of it and I got it.
And that ethos has stuck with me all these years and I still try to hold true to those values even today.
And here we are 35 years later and The Queens Diamond Jubilee is upon us.
And what have we got?
Well pretty much nothing.
As usual we have MSM hyping the Jubilee celebrations up but the reality is something quite different.
There hasn't been a single application, (the fact that you have to apply for a party is in itself a sad reflection on how society has changed for the
worse in many ways), for a street party in my town and having spoken to friends from all around the UK I understand that is by no means unique or
councils have received very few applications.
But there are no widescale protests planned as well.
People see it as another day off work and a chance to either go to the pub and get pissed or have a barbie or something similar.
The vast majority of people simply don't give a toss.
And that saddens me - I can understand if people want to sing Rule Britannia and God Save The Queen at the top of their voice, I might not agree with
the sentiments but I understand it and respect it.
I can understand if someone wants to protest about it and scream 'Smash the system' etc and voice their discontent about the monarchy etc.
Again, I may not agree but I certainly respect their opinion and their right and willingness to express it.
But I just can't accept this wholescale apathy and indifference to anything and everything.
This apathy is a sign of the malignance that is eating away at the very core of our society.
FFS, have some passion, have some pride, have some balls and more importantly have an opinion.
Who gives a toss what that opinion is as long as it's reasoned and considered.
People are just sitting back and accepting everything that is being done to them and appear anesthetized to events going on around them and which have
a direct impact on their everyday lives.
They have been lobotomised with a diet of X Factor, Jeremy Kyle, Coronation Street, Echo Falls, pre-prepared Sunday dinners in characterless pubs and
various other mind numbing bollocks.
It's a crap state of affairs when a nation is more concerned with the goings on of a sad bunch of talentless and brainless wannabees than the
corruptions and hypocrisy of a bunch of self-serving, self-advancing politicians whose only considerations are one's of personal gain and
This thread was supposed to have been about the blatant hypocrisy and double standards of Baroness Warsi and most of her fellow politicians etc and
the rather incestuous nature between those politicians and Civil Servants, Media, Police etc but it somehow didn't pan out that way.
I probably won't bother now, and let's face it, who cares? - Not many of us!.
edit on 29/5/12 by Freeborn because: Spelling, grammar, clarity etc