"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
(Leonard Cohen)
"Ignore all proffered rules and create your own, suitable for what you want to say"
(Michael Moorcock)
"Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings."
(Andre Gide)
"I want my place, my own place, my true place in the world, my proper sphere, my thing which Nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought all my life-time."
(Nathaniel Hawthorne)
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
(Franz Kafka)
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated"
(John Donne)
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
(Robert J. Hanlon)
"Life is beautiful, but the world is hell"
(Harold Pinter)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Blair's Neo-Liberalism and the Toxic Gordon Brown

EXTRACT: "Blair and Brown had two different projects. So, yes, both were impeccably rightwing Labour politicians - even though Brown had started out political life on the left. Yes, both were the architects of New Labour - complicit with the Murdoch empire and committed to carrying on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher with regards to the anti-trade union laws and the naked turn to finance capital. All very true, of course. But, no matter how on-message and New Labour he may have been, Brown always identified with and remained loyal to Labourism and never shared Blair’s big project or dream of reuniting the Labour Party with ‘progressive’ Liberalism. Of deLabourising the Labour Party, in every sense of the term, and turning it into the party of ‘middle class aspiration’. In total contrast to Gordon Brown, Blair looks back at history and sees the formation of the Labour Party as an unfortunate historic accident. Tony Blair’s explicitly stated intention was to reconfigure ‘centre-left’ politics and heal the divisions between the anti-Tory parties."
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