(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais

November 7, 2019 at 1:38 am (Uncategorized)

This song always makes me feel great.

Midnight to six man
For the first time from Jamaica
Dillinger and Leroy Smart
Delroy Wilson, your cool operator

Ken Boothe for UK pop reggae
With backing bands sound systems
And if they’ve got anything to say
There’s many black ears here to listen

But it was Four Tops all night with encores from stage right
Charging from the bass knives to the treble
But onstage they ain’t got no roots rock rebel
Onstage they ain’t got no roots rock rebel

Dress back jump back, this is a bluebeat attack

‘Cause it won’t get you anywhere
Fooling with the guns
The British Army is waiting out there
An’ it weighs fifteen hundred tons

White youth, black youth
Better find another solution
Why not phone up Robin Hood
And ask him for some wealth distribution

Punk rockers in the UK
They won’t notice anyway
They’re all too busy fighting
For a good place under the lighting

The new groups are not concerned
With what there is to be learned
They got Burton suits, ha, you think it’s funny
Turning rebellion into money

All over people changing their votes
Along with their overcoats
If Adolf Hitler flew in today
They’d send a limousine anyway

I’m the all night drug-prowling wolf
Who looks so sick in the sun
I’m the white man in the Palais
Just lookin’ for fun
I’m only
Looking for fun
I’m only
Looking for fun



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Ten Random Observations about the Canadian Federal Election

November 7, 2019 at 1:31 am (Uncategorized)

Two weeks after the election and here’s me doing analysis. Why now?

  1. I felt I should say something (I said I would)
  2. I don’t have to think so much about the permanent election taking place in he U.S. I notice I feel happier when I don’t follow it as closely.

So, here goes…

  1. Contrary to my usual predictions, I more or less got this right  – off on some of the numbers; I expected the NDP to do better.
  2. Justin Trudeau, who still does a great apology, will govern more cautiously, at least initially, but fundamentally, it’ll be more of the usual style over substance along with dreadful policy decisions. Essential viewing: Hasan Mihaj’s Patriot Act  episode The Two Sides of Canada  
  3. This is probably the last we will hear of proportional representation from Trudeau. He was a promoter last time, but if he had instituted such a system, he would have lost.
  4. Andrew Scheer’s job is far from safe despite the spin. This is the man who lost to a guy who couldn’t remember how many times he’d worn blackface.
  5. Scheer’s interview when he argued he can hold, urm, conservative views about women and LGBTQ people but should still be trusted with power, seems to suggest he’s just sorry that laws have been passed to give people rights.
  6. Jagmeet Singh did an admirable job of spinning how great the NDP did after they lost half their seats.
  7. The whining from Alberta (Wexit) will receive little sympathy from the rest of the country as when they had money Alberta spent like drunken sailors and tied their economy to an environmentally disastrous policy that couldn’t reasonable be sustained on an economic basis.
  8. Jody Wilson-Raybould won her seat as an independent, but is likely to lose next time or rejoin the Liberals (you heard it here first!)
  9. Do expect more whining from a strengthened Bloc Quebecois though.
  10. Despite his boasting that this is just the beginning, you’ve probably heard the last of Maxime Bernier’s vanity project the so-called People’s Party of Canada. Very quickly, the Tories it picked up will slink back to the Conservatives bringing with them sharpened knives for Andrew Scheer.

OK. That’s it. Next time I’m writing about music or TV.

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