Heinrich Heine German poet 1797-1856
Since the last blog I have got more involved with the fight to save libraries in RCT so this one is to offer a little further thought on that fight.
Mr Tan has bought up Cardiff City and tinkered with their identity as a football club. Bob Geldof is honoured for work as a humanitarian and the media has referred to him as 'Saint Bob'. Prince Charles is currently in Sri Lanka acting up for his mum.
Are the three people linked?
Yes I think so by privilege,power and money (and they're all men obviously).
Mr Tan has bought himself a football club to play with (and,it has to be said, injected money that has brought an apparent degree of success). But does he have any real investment in Cardiff or Wales or the Valleys? Maybe he's another Crawshay in disguise.He appears to ride roughshod over the fans...the ordinary, long suffering supporters. Success at any cost?
Bob Geldof, as I'm sure you remember, famously banged tables and implored people to give to starving millions in Africa (and, it has to be said, injected money that has probably saved lives in the short term). He appears now as a multi millionaire said to be worth around £32 million. A fair return? I suppose he must need all that money rather than donate it to charity....god forbid!
Prince Charles comes from that untouchable family (that, it has to be said, does so much for tourism). That outdated family based on inter breeding, exploitation and class superiority...based on an ancient world of social class and apartheid. While the rest of us are fed a steady diet of Soaps and Saturday Talent Shows.
Some will accuse me of envy but it's outrage.
'All animals are equal but some are more equal than others'
In this mad world dominated by a so called winning formula called capitalism surely we can hold onto a bit of honest principle can't we?
Isn't it principle that gave us the National Health Service and 'Keynesian attempts to pool collective wealth and build more just societies' (Naomi Klein)
Isn't it principle that gave us libraries for all?
Surely a fundamental shift is needed? Surely we're crying out for savage redistribution not savage cuts to vital services?
So on Saturday 16th November there's a march through Pontypridd at 11am
On Tuesday 19th November there's an event in Maerdy Library at 11 am and in Nantgarw Library at 2 pm
There will be poets, free runners, film makers, pensioners, speech givers and knife jugglers (Yes! Really! All that and more)
Please come along if you can....you can cheer you can boo but let's at least do something....