It is that time again when aspiring politicians of all stripes stuff our letterboxes with anodyne garbage, insincere platitudes and oh so fragile promises.
Could we do better? Probably not and I, for one, am not tempted to try but…
What would a surrealist election campaign for the local council look like?
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Tamworth Surrealist Manifestation
Please circulate wildly
This small-press pamphlet, presumed long out of print, we found in a second hand box.
A series of poems assembled from contemporary newspaper articles, March 1938 to September 1939, chronicling the descent into barbarism.
There is a chilling and compelling beauty here in the juxtaposition of the trivial and mundane with high-journalese.
It has been a long time since I have seen a real physical mail-art zine so I was delighted to find this small catalogue yesterday in Housmans bookshop.
A sticker spotted locally. At first I mentally filed it as a covid-hoax conspiracy-loon thing before realising it was a critical comment on the society of the spectacle….
So, I am sorry for tearing it down in haste. I should know my memes.
14th March 2021. A friend writes: “A temporary light installation in the Castle Grounds to commemorate the life of Sarah Everard and indicate that peaceful protest should be respected in the face of injustice. It’s a case of take a light, add it to the heart, and reflect. No vigil, but still walking at night in safety as every one should have the right to do. Love is stronger than fear.”
A statement by Equal Tamworth 14th March 2021
We are proud to live in a town that seeks to oppose inequality in society.
From council policies to house Syrian families fleeing a war zone, to protests challenging a bused-in EDL demonstration and to acknowledge that Black Lives Matter, we believe that justice, equality and equity are worth raising our voices for.
Last night peaceful protesters came in their hundreds to Clapham Common in London, for a vigil to mourn Sarah Everard.
The message was simple: that women should be safe to walk the streets, to go wherever and whenever they wish in safety.
Not that “all men are the problem” but that “all men have a responsibility to be part of the solution”. All of us have a role to play.
They were met with police brutality and violence which shone a spotlight on the fact that in this case the alleged perpetrator, the murderer, was a serving police officer.
The shocking scenes of police officers man-handling women at a vigil, trampling flowers left in tribute, flashed around the world in ways reminiscent of George Floyd’s last breath and have provoked similar anger and revulsion.
There must be accountability for this. The position of Cressida Dick, head of the Metropolitan Police is surely untenable and our leaders should call for her to go.
Moreover, we must assert our right to protest injustice.
As Pablo Neruda said: You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.