Sunday, 19 December 2010

Please RT: How the Observer (mis)treated yesterdays UKUncut action

I am so bloody angry at The Observer's inaccurate reporting of yesterdays UK Uncut action. I was at Oxford Street. I know what we did.

Actually you can check my twitter stream. I live blogged what we did. Don't even have to rely on the memory of me and the other protesters:

These are more accurate:

Firstly from The Daily Mail(!) who may not say the full time Vodafone was closed for but at least they say it was closed and they generally give pretty good write up:

Then from Red Pepper, this is very true to my experience:

And lastly for any more information about all of yesterdays action here is a good media outlet:

Saturday, 11 December 2010

You can buy The Dave's album here...

Due to myspaces changes my myspace lost all its well crafted html. Until I work out how to get some of that back or at least how to get a bloody buy now button on the site somehow this blog page is where you can get the album!

The Dave's NEW ALBUM: 'Going Back To Finish The Job' £5 (including postage and packaging)

Friday, 10 December 2010

Dave Related News: December and beyond‏

Apples For Everyone is ending. Come to our goodbye party:

11th December: 7.30pm: The Miller (96 Snowsfield Road, London Bridge SE1 3SS) £5 entry. FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.

A new experimental podcast series has been recorded by myself and two old friends. The show is called Four Days In A Room and may be released sometime in the next few weeks. However editing it is epic and so you may have to wait till January. Watch this space or follow it on twitter and/or on facebook for updates on this project.

You can hear me tell a true story live for the Spark London podcast here: Two Cathedrals

Also I have become a curator for the excellent podcast aggregator So check that site out. On it you will get regular bundles of audio joy selected by various podcast fanatics, who trawl through the millions of options out there to you so you don't have to. Have a listen and TELL YOUR FRIENDS. If you want to explore my past curations you can here: Dave's Picks

So it's coming up to Christmas so why not buy The Dave's album "Going Back to Finish the Job", it makes the perfect present for the person who has everything, also for the person who has nothing, and for everyone in between and it's available for £5 (inc p and p) from here:

The Dave is posting a YouTube christmas song on the 24th December:

Why the delay on the release of The Reactionaries? Well that's a long and very boring story. The delay is NOT our fault. However it now looks likely that we won't be able to release it till next year as we have been completely let down by the company that was printing it for us and we need to revise our intentions and find a new way of getting it done. It will be done though and our great album will be released ASAP in 2011. We can't believe how long its
taking either. But sadly that's what happens when you want to sell a nice product yourself.

Follow me on Twitter: I give good Tweet.

The Band is dead, Long live the Band
- Oh yes, The Dave is looking to expand into a band, London based musicians please check out the concept and consider getting involved. The advert is here. The band will also be a podcast. SPREAD THE WORD.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The principal of opposing the cuts...

What we have to remember when we oppose the cuts. When we fight against these attacks on the public that come from a cabinet formed of millionaires (and a government formed from the principal of maintaining the status quo rather than addressing the disconnection between public and government) we have to remember, and explicitly state that we stand for the general principle and not the specific issue.

By which I mean:

The basic principal is that those who got us into this mess: banks, businesses and various elected and none elected million and billionaires must pay to get us out of it. The cuts must fall on them. This isn't just fair it is also essential because they can take it. Unlike the poor and the public services. We aren't opposing any single cut but all cuts that fall elsewhere. Each individual strike and protest (and personally I favour civil disobedience over striking) needs to (and most are to be fair) make it clear they are against everyone being cut. This avoids them looking selfish and foster solidarity in people who aren't in a position to strike or cut.

The other principal is that we should have collective free public service. Opposing tuition fees isn't supporting the education system. It is standing for the right to free education. I personally hate the education system, and the elitist and navel gazing nature of most universities and many academics. But that is a specific issue. When we win back their funding then we can use that money to make them better.

Same goes for The Libraries, The Police, Children's Services, Benefits, Arts, Social Work, Sports and all the services that will be cut. I'd go further and add things already privatised like transport and traffic wardens. These things should be free and paid for collectively through taxation with the rich paying more because they can afford to. That doesn't mean I am in favour of Prisons or Police brutality, or the repositioning of public service as business, or the way paper work and absurd assessment is literally ruining education and social services. All these things must be addressed. And we should make it clear they aren't good enough. They need to be sorted out. BUT STOP CUTTING THEM and we will be able to address these issues.

Because the principal of Public Services is what we are fighting for, not the current reality of them. And we know we collectively can afford them and can collectively get out of this. Because we ARE all in it together. ALL of us. Including the members of the Bullingdon club and the Tax Cheaters like Vodafone and Philip Green. It is time to make them pay.