Blind bags.

Blind bags.

Given how excitingly broken British politics is at the moment I find this interesting - in the US the  “New Green Deal” polls very well across all demographics and party lines when presented in straight policy terms, despite its strong association with incoming Congress Democrat superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has put the willies up conservative Republicans everywhere. But if one person can galvanise the right in the US against something wonderful, it’s probably her. (I doubt that’ll even slow her down, though.)

I remember similar stories a couple of years ago with the Labour manifesto - a lot of ordinary punters favoured the renationalisation of the railways (for example) when presented with the policy in a blind context. However, once you tell those same people that Jeremy Corbyn also thinks its a good idea some are immediately turned against it. Personality (and the public perception thereof) prevented people from engaging with policies they’d otherwise support. But in a representative democracy, where we elect a person and delegate our political authority to them you can’t escape personality. I can’t help but think that if we could shift to a more policy-based focus we might enjoy a better, less divisive politics.

Perhaps we adopt the same approach to politicians that we do to cigarettes? Plain white packaging. No candidate/party names on the ballot. Strip them of their advertising, their brand imagery. Campaign literature to be be plain. No slogans, just five policy bullets, and a manifesto document, with two sections - constituency and nationwide. Of course, that’s a strategy designed to make people disengage with ciggies - so we might have to make voting compulsory. The “porridge and stick” approach.


Listening to “Into the Fire” by These New Puritans.

Currently listening to "Take Off" - Hollow Ship.
Currently reading "Agency" - William Gibson.

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Studio clearout
I’ve been hoarding gear for twenty years and have completely run out of space. For the next few months I’m going to be chucking some odds and sods on eBay. The occasional guitar, some synths, a shed load of FX pedals and a couple of slices of Looptron history...

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Acton Stations
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Anti-social networking
Sell your eyeballs direct!

Radioactive Love (Rig Mk2 Demo)
New(ish) song, first successful(ish) run through on a rainy Tuesday lunchtime. Ableton is doing patch switching in Guitar Rig AND the loop triggers as part of the scene changes so only one pedal is required to drive this. It's the future people. 

Planned Obsolescence
FFS. Google have now started putting banners in Inbox (my mail app of choice) to remind everyone that they're killing Inbox next March, something I'd be studiously ignoring since they announced it back in September. I actually wish they hadn’t told me at all because my OCD will be spending the next 6 months evaluating Inbox replacements and rebuilding my "workflow" in them (which mainly consists of repeatedly snoozing mails until I HAVE to deal with them) before I inevitably give up and just revert to using Gmail like they want me to. 

Twenty years ago today.
It had been fifteen years seen the hero beat up his father so badly the old man died from his wounds. Fifteen years since we watched a group of terrorists enlist the help of the Care Bears to slaughter thousands of unwitting civil servants and proceed to overthrow the closest thing to a strong and stable government the galaxy had seen in millenia.

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