Category Archives: Greenygrey Politics

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Parody Comedy Worked For Me!

Goop products have worked for me, Dr. Marc Latham. My hair was balding and greying until using Goop, and now look at me:

Self-Parody Hilarity

No, the above is an example of my brilliant self-parody comedy, that went over the heads of most people most of my life, making me seem boastful or deluded, rather than a comedy genius along the lines of Peter Sellers or Tommy Cooper.

Sorry if I built your hopes up about Goop, and that is really Gwyneth Paltrow in the photo.

Critical Writer of PhD Standard

This is also an example of greenYgreyism at its most intricate, and admittedly confusing to the average person, who believes in supporting who they like without criticism, and doing the opposite with those they don’t.

While I like Gwyneth Paltrow’s look and healthy living attitude, and generally think she’s doing good, the article I saw this morning that inspired this blog is a negative one, after Goop was criticised for making misleading advertising claims.

I think the main lesson this teaches is the danger of companies becoming too big and profit driven, with targets etc taking over from the original good intentions.

Great greenYgrey

That’s one reason why I kept the greenYgrey to me only: so I could control it to its original intentions, and not let it be turned into something it wasn’t.

It doesn’t seem to have done me much good though, and those who were unethical, like Russell Brand, were rewarded by mainstream society and the ‘counter-culture’ that’s supposed to be rebelling against it!

Hopefully some of the greenYgrey messages got through in the end, but I don’t know if it was the greenYgrey or just other factors. That era, started by New Labour, is over now, and some of those problems have been made better… but others have surfaced… like the human ‘fault lines’ reminiscent of geological ones I wrote a poem about on this site over six years ago.

Political Opportunity Missed

I think if New Labour had kept immigration under control and turned Blighty into a nice green environmental country reminiscent of Scandinavian ones most of the problems we’ve been struggling against this century wouldn’t have happened.

Yet our leaders continue to think we must have some mission, and make life difficult for everyone; that when things seem nice and quiet we need another challenge, either challenging the ‘bad guys’ abroad or letting in millions to the country.

Do they not realise that they are allied to ‘bad guys’, such as Saudi Arabia, and that there are a lot of ‘bad guys’ coming into the country… including our elite schools and universities, where many of the world’s dictators have studied… and looked down at people like me!

On the other side we have the far left wanting to change everything, which will mean another five or ten years of upheaval and discord; just to take the country back to the previous century! I don’t want fascism, but they don’t make democracy look good!

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Brexit Politics Mirror Poem from POP (PinkyOrangePurple) Poet in Purple Patch

Thanks to those who read my books on Kindle in August and made it my best month ever on the platform. You made a cranky old writer feel like a spring lamb who escaped the chop and lived to be an old muttonhead!

Brexit Politics Uninteresting and Depressing

Because of that I thought I’d write a new Folding Mirror poem. Despite that little bit of personal euphoria, the poem turned into a bit of a downer, which is the way Brexit dominating politics has been this year, and I’ve usually written from a social rather than personal view. More details of child grooming in the UK this week compounded it.

A perverse side-effect of Brexit is that more of those demographics could be brought in to replace Europeans who leave. Maybe the Establishment will do it to punish the native working-class demographic, as they seem to have been doing since World War Two; especially in the Home Children white slavery scandal, miners’ strike starving hard workers and New Labour’s Multicultural Fascism that has turned the UK into a war zone.

I didn’t vote in the Brexit referendum, and am sorry to any nice hard-working fair-play Europeans caught up in it, who didn’t sleep with their tutors or bosses to get jobs or promotion (more the tutors, bosses and system’s fault), or undermine other students or workers to get the jobs! I think most are nice, and wish them well for the future. Those already here can stay of course, as far as the deal currently on the table suggests.

Armistice Soldiers’ Centenary, Community Politicians’ Buffoonery

keep on depressing
with all your messing
pushing down, down, down
no more playing the clown
keep straight face now
do nothing might raise brow

hide your emotion, restrain joyous commotion

still in basement without exit
despite sign marked Brexit
people voted to restore identity
democracy, democracy, democracy sincerity
we are not amused
you seem confused

Banksy Art – Suicidal Tendencies – Umberto Eco – Marcel Duchamp – German Protestors

Hero hippies aren’t on crack
they’re on the railroad track…

a group of people around a track: Demonstrators sit down on the rails of the coal trains while police officers are arriving and surrounding them.

… adding colour to the greenygrey
human nature beautiful display.

Banksy YouTube Conspiracy?

I wrote Banksy’s shredding of his painting at Sotheby’s was reminiscent of Suicidal Tendencies’ Art of Rebellion album cover in yesterday’s blog post.

I also wrote it was a total coincidence I was listening to it on YouTube. I think it was, but it was a suggested video, or their Freedumb album (1999) was first, and AoR followed, so who knows how it works; I don’t!

Maybe Banksy works for YouTube, or knows somebody that does?

Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum

If you think about things like that, the possibilities are endless. I recently read Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum (1988), and he makes that point; that there are always connections if you look hard enough; something I showed in my XaW Files: Beyond Humanity.

I am now certain XaW is a credible Eco for beginners: a less scholarly, but more entertaining version. We both studied semiotics at university; I did mine on my own, straying from the methodology the department wanted, starved of supervision in my first year.

Both books have thin plotlines and are more a writer digging deep into philosophy, psychology and knowledge, for personal learning and sharing. I was bored for much of the over 600 pages of Pendulum, and think most modern casual readers will be; whereas I wrote XaW in small entertaining sections, ideal for the modern social media user with low attentions spans, because that’s what I am; especially because I think I always have had ADHD.

Eco (no relation to environment!) passed away a while ago, and was obviously a great writer and academic, so I’m not being ‘competitive’!

Banksy Art History – Marcel Duchamp’s Readymadesy

The greenYgrey didn’t find the greenYgrey world’s Andy Warhol, Andy Wolfhol, on the XaW Files travel quest, but it did find Marcel Duchamp and his Readymades. I realised that the relevant images and photos I’d been rebranding greenygrey/greenYgrey; and then POP (PinkyOrangePurple) were like what Duchamp had done a century earlier, in what some people consider the most important artistic contribution of the century. I named mine readYmades, in line with the greenYgrey rebranding!

Jonathan Jones traced Banksy back to Duchamp in an article on MSN today. There is even a link to the Suicidal Tendencies’ Art of Rebellion album cover featuring the Mona Lisa, as Jones cites Duchamp’s drawing on a copy of the Mona Lisa.

A fresh coffilosophy thought now wonders if Suicidal Tendencies knew of Duchamp, and they were referencing him by featuring the Mona Lisa. Are they modern dadaists, protesting against elitism and war in their own LA way… the possibilities are endless..!

I hadn’t connected the railroad tracks image at the top of the blog post to the Banksy-Duchamp article when I started writing this, but now I realise it’s my latest greenYgrey readYmade.

The greenYgrey may have left Earth, but it’s spirit lives on…

I apologise if this blog post has been too long, and it’s been very male. Gwyneth Paltrow was on the news this morning promoting her Goop brand, and she talked and looked great, and many women are capable of great art and deep thinking, as I’ve tried to strongly promote over the last fifteen years of arduous; sometimes fun; creative writing… and editing, which is never really fun, but is rewarding when improving the spontaneous prose and eliminating errors that would have spoilt it.

 

Bob Crow and Union Working Class Struggle

‘Twenty minutes later, Bob Crow pulled another one back with a short snap strike, leaving the Redbacks defence red-faced as well as red-backed.’

Bob Crow, Union Leader  Bob Crow.JPG

Bob Crow passed away yesterday morning. He was the General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and inspired the above Crow character in the Werewolf of Oz.

He was a good example of the working class battling to achieve, and help their fellow workers. If Britain hadn’t been divided by Thatcher and Blair, and profit and religion taken over from fairness and equality as the main political focuses, then maybe people like Bob Crow could have made Britain a more united kingdom.

Britain’s Future 

Bob Crow on strikes in the Guardian
Bob Crow on strikes in the Guardian (Photo credit: Annie Mole)

His critics argued that he was holding Britain back.

But was he holding Britain back from cheaper tube fares, or bigger bonuses for the big bosses after workers lost their jobs?

The next reflection from 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections commented on this, and seems a fitting post for a man who tried to help those struggling to survive in a rapidly changing country.

Reflection 4

The well-behaved British working class used to be known as ‘salt of the earth’ when they were compliant up to the 1950s, but not so much anymore.
Were things that different in history? I don’t know.
And have they changed that much? Well, elite corruption has been exposed more since the 1950s, making the workers less likely to trust and revere the upper classes; Thatcher decimated the working-class industries in the 1980s, destroying communities; and New Labour betrayed their traditional voters by squeezing them out of the workplace between high-earning elites and foreign workers willing to work for less.
So things have probably changed, but I don’t know how much, or if it is the main reason for there apparently being less ‘salt of the earth’.

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This Week Tops Top Twitter Trending This Week

Andrew Neil seemed chuffed that his political review, comment and debate television show This Week became the most trending on Twitter last week. This week This Week has gone one better, by getting onto the Greenygrey.

This Week Political Sense

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, satirical comedy television correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by Harry Hill‘s old TV Burp show (we hope we’ve filled the gap left by Burp‘s bidding farewell).

We’ve been long-time viewers of This Week at the Greenygrey, valuing Andrew Neil and the show’s greenYgreyish congratulation and criticism of politicians and political life either side of asking Y and analYsis.

This Week Greenygrey Boomeranging

So we were delighted that Andrew Neil and his political experts, Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson (we liked the show just as much before Diane Abbott left to focus more on politics), celebrated their Twitter triumph with some joyous boomeranging.

Andrew Neil’s boomeranging made the BBC iplayer cover shot, as seen in this photo also featuring singer guest Kate Nash:

Neil

Moreover, Portillo and Johnson combined boomeranging with greenygreying. They chose to do it in reverse greenygreying positions:

neil2

We’re chuffed that greenygreying and boomeranging are being enjoyed on the best political chat show we know. And yes, we would like a mention on This Week… and you to tweet us!

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Politics in the U.K. and World: Labour’s Saviour

Hi, it’s Grey Greyvara, the Greenygrey’s political conscience, and werewolf parallel to the human Che Guevara. Today, we start to round off working-class week with a summary of how and why we view the current U.K. and world political situation.

When Marc Latham was in university he felt prejudiced against, like a microcosm of the British situation told in Chavs: The Demonising of the Working-Class, with an international emphasis on everything, and the old working-class being framed as backward; being blamed for holding Britain back.

University Life During New Labour 

Britains Floral Garden ~ memories from my chil...
Britains Floral Garden ~ memories from my childhood (Photo credit: shrinkin’violet)

Marc started his PhD in line with the far left of Noam Chomsky and the Glasgow Media Group; socialist criticism of the British and ‘Western’ establishment; hoping for a more equal Britain and less international conflict. At the time he thought he was quite rare in his outlook.

But under New Labour’s revisionist internationalism, criticising Britain seemed to become the norm, while criticising other cultures was ‘racist’, and risked social exclusion. Islamism replaced socialism as the likely successor to Western capitalism in British and world hegemony.

New Labour and the Working-Class 

Che guevara
Che guevara (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

While Marc’s hopes for hegemonic theory supported all races and genders gaining more equality under a more socialist Britain, like Che Guevara’s philosophy, New Labour’s multiculturalism seemed to be supporting other cultures while neglecting or persecuting the traditional British working-class; and women under Islamism.

Gordon Brown seemed to confirm this when he called Gillian Duffy a bigot in Rochdale for asking about immigration near the end of the New Labour tenure. Rochdale later emerged in a related infamous story, with a Muslim paedophile ring having been targeting poor and vulnerable children for years during the New Labour government.

Current Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has now admitted New Labour got it wrong on immigration and multiculturalism.

Tony Blair, Christianity and Islam

Tony Blair and New Labour’s policy on Islam and war seems naive at best, and perhaps criminal:

  1. Allowed mass immigration of Muslims.
  2. Gave safe haven to known Islamist terrorists.
  3. Allowed hate preachers to radicalise ordinary Muslims.
  4. Went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq against Muslims.

I think Tony Blair was naive, and as a Christian thought he could work with his fellow monotheist Muslims; preferring them to the pagan communist Slav Russians and allies.

Fuhrer Tony Blair
Fuhrer Tony Blair (Photo credit: acidrabbi)

This was shown by New Labour’s first war; supporting Muslim Kosovars against Communist Serbs. Blair was also the only Allied leader not to attend the Russians’ VE Day 60th anniversary celebration.

Tony Blair has now stressed that Islamism is the big threat to world peace.

British Post-Modern Political System 

Marc had wondered why some working-class people supported the Conservatives, as he grew up under Thatcher, but the New Labour government showed him why!

The British political system is no longer like the one Marc grew up under in the 1980s anyway, and is now more post-modern issues based.

Che Guevara mural
Che Guevara mural (Photo credit: Contrabland)

While Marc had called for a wider hegemony in his PhD thesis, hoping for more access for the old socialism, politics in the U.K. and the world overtook him; especially as he was held up (both time-wise and financially!) by his department.

The rise of the extreme right-wing Islamic hate preachers in Britain (and I include George Galloway!), and extreme right-wing fascists in southern Europe showed him that a wider access to the political debate has as many negatives as positives.

The old communist systems were full of poor treatment of people as well, and even Che Guevara didn’t do as well in peacetime as he did in war.

So Marc is now in the Greenygrey middle, reacting to policies as much as political ideologies and traditions, and a little disillusioned with it all really. Funnily enough, that might be in line with the ‘Third Way‘ policy supported by New Labour!!!

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Omnishambles Oxford Dictionary Word of Year

Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang. Catastrophically and totally undeservedly, greenygrey didn’t make the new version of the Oxford English Dictionary as a new word; despite my human parallel being the Oxford Press lexicographer.

More Omnishambles than Insider 

166:365 A certain je ne sais quoi P1410686
166:365 A certain je ne sais quoi P1410686 (Photo credit: tomylees)

The positive side is that it proves there’s no insider trading at the Greenygrey, and that we are still outsider werewolves. We think we’ve done all we can, and you lot have let us down by not using us enough; only joking, your readership keeps us alive.

Omnishambles was the word of the year, and we give it begrudging congratulations. Although its banality probably won it the award, it does also have a certain greenygrey je ne sais quoi.

Green-on-blue not Greenygrey  

je ne sais quoi
je ne sais quoi (Photo credit: Mike_tn)

Green made it into the dictionary on its own as part of the green-on-blue phrase for the Taliban trying to preserve their fascist, sexist, homophobic, child-assassinating (attempted), dancer-executing (achieved) and racist cult-ure by cowardly killing NATO soldiers while dressed as Afghan police.

After no new grey words made the dictionary, The Society of Grey Words accused the Oxford University Press of greycism.

Green Chooses Greenygrey Balance

English: Kick It Out logo
English: Kick It Out logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Green thought about boycotting the dictionary in support of the greycism campaign, but didn’t trust The Society of Grey Words’s intentions, and thinks they might be self-serving and prejudiced against other colour-words; thus harming the word-world for their own purposes.

Winston Churchill statue in London, Parliament...
Winston Churchill statue in London, Parliament Square. (Apparent duplicate of the statue at Churchill House, Australian National University, Canberra.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Green decided instead to enter the dictionary with the support of the more balanced (greenygrey) Grey It In campaign, to support the NATO mission in Afghanistan and play for the English team. The Greenygrey is quite happy to be included in any dictionary though; within reason.

Grey fully supported Green’s decision, thinking that the Oxford English Dictionary might not be perfect, but it’s better than most in the world, and there’s no point destroying something old and established just for the sake of it.

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