Monthly Archives: October 2010

At the risk of stating the obvious…

  • New Labour did not create the deficit. The deficit comes from having to bail out so many banks. Banks which have since walked away scot-free.
  • There is no urgency whatsoever when it comes to paying off the deficit. Britain is in a far better position than most countries in this respect. Our loans do not need to be paid off for some time. We can afford to spend our way out of the recession.
  • Which is of course a far more sensible proposition than the Tories’ cuts. Inflicting mass unemployment is no solution.
  • The private sector will not pick up the slack. There seems to be an unspoken assumption in the media that the public sector is nothing but a drain; all it does is eat up the money we pay as tax. But of course, if you pay people to do a job, they then have money to contribute to the economy. The public sector is even more important than usual at a time like this, as a way of propping things up. Certainly the private sector is utterly useless. When was the last time you heard news of big new private sector job opportunities?
  • These cuts are an ideological attack, an attempt to return Britain to Dickensian levels of inequality and squalor. They are an attempt to leverage mass unemployment to drive down wages and keep the workforce demoralised and fighting each other for jobs.
  • If they are not defeated, the tory cuts will leave Britain immeasurably poorer, miserable and terminally defeated.


We saw Warpaint at Stereo on Friday. It’s got to be the best gig I’ve been to in years. Well, the support was terrible (they were from Falkirk and they sounded it), but when the headliners are that good, who cares?

Craig introduced me to them a couple weeks back with this stunning video:

Which I promptly fell in love with, naturally. Then their album was posted at Stereogum (I think it’s only going to be up for a couple of weeks). But good as they are, the gig was so much better. I’m not sure how well I can explain it (I know, I make a terrible critic), but the bass… It catches me right in the stomach, erupting out of the songs (and often carrying them, the guitars more textural than melodic/structural). It feels so different, like this is what I’ve been missing from so much guitar music for the past however-many years. The album (bought at their merch stand) captures some of it – though you need to hear it on decent speakers; don’t listen to it on a laptop, you’ll miss the bass – but it’s so much more impressive live.

I think what made the gig so good though, was that this was clearly a band on the cusp. It’s clear from the chatter on the internet that they’re about to break through. And they were feeling it. There was an excitement and joy in their performance that you see so rarely. It was the kind of gig where I’m not sure I want to see them live again, because it felt like such a unique point in their band’s life. If you have a chance to catch their current tour, do so, before the excitement fades.

Glasgow Light

I’ve been neglecting the blog far too much, so I’m going to try and get back in the habit of updating it regularly. This week: pictures!

(I didn’t do any post-processing on these; this is what the light in Glasgow looks like once you start getting into Winter)