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Friday, 8 May 2015
"It's Shite being English. We're the Lowest of the Low."
It's a shite day today, truly shite, one of the worst days ever, a day when 5 more years of corruption, venality and corporate greed are destined to destroy what took decades to build up. By the end of this government Britain is going to look like the town Biff ruled in the second of the Back to the Future films; a country filled with carpetbaggers, snake oil salesmen, property developers, gangmasters and money shufflers.
So I walked the streets of Bath today and looked around. You could sniff out those who have so happily caused this state of affairs. And you wanted to slap them, to ask them if they knew what they were doing because stupidity and ignorance is the only excuse for such a disgusting state of affairs.
But it's not the state of affairs in Wales, or Scotland. Things are very different there. As the results came in last night I thought of Scotland and I thought of Trainspotting and Renton's denunciation of all things Scottish. And then I thought of the envy of so many English people ; that Scotland has one Conservative MP, that Scotland is not a country full of class conscious pound sniffing power mongers.
I cringe at being English today, I feel shame at what my fellow Englanders have become and what they will do to this country for no good reason. Renton's great speech about how shite it is to be Scottish still applies today. But not for the Scottish. For the English. It is shite being English.
God help us. Our only hope is that the Conservatives natural avarice, corruption and cold cruelty combines with its arrogance and they destroy themselves in those flurries of Tory spite that marked the end of the Major years.
Some hope. I thought about Renton this afternoon and then thought some more about Trainspotting. The whole bloody film is full of quotes that seem to sum up this most dismal of elections.
On Being English
"It's SHITE being English! We're the lowest of the low. The
scum of the fucking Earth! The most wretched, miserable,
servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization."
On Today, this grim, depressing shite
“Everything in the street today seems soft focus.”
On The Reasons People Vote
"Choose your future. Choose life . . . But why would I want to
do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life: I chose
something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons.
Who needs reasons when you've got the Conservative
On David Cameron
“You fucking knew that fucking cunt would
fuck some cunt.”
On Voting Conservative
"People think it's all about misery and
desperation and death and all that shite,
which is not to be ignored, but what they
forget is the pleasure of it. Otherwise we
wouldn't do it. After all, we're not fucking
stupid. At least, we're not that fucking