Well, if all thoz darkies workin 80 hour weeks in call centres & saving for scooters or wotever wanna call us up for once & ask us how we got our jobs when we’re too thick to speak Bengali, if they want our 4wds, ipads, townhouses, weekends & degrees in making up the rules, if they wanna reverse the charges or the tables on us well it’s too late, mate, innit? Cos they have to stop bein selfish now wid their exploding populations & tiger economies & wotnot becuz the worlds fucked & we all have to share the responsibility togetha, eh?
In some arts circles “Craft” is a dirty word. Circles of idiots, I fear. If you wish to understand a medium, work with it. There is no way in which working with your hands makes the work your head does less valid & the best practicioners of the things we term fine arts speak of what they do as their craft. I don’t trust architects who can’t build, writers who don’t read, or artists who can’t realise their own work. Those who scorn craft scorn it in the same way that the illiterate scorn literature. It’s not scorn. It’s ignorance.
THERE IS A WAR ON BETWEEN RIGHT & LEFT, CONSERVATIVE & LIBERAL, OLD & NEW. BUT WHEN WE DRAW OUR BATTLE LINES OVER ECOLOGICAL DIVIDES AS WELL AS IDEOLOGICAL ONES WE FORCE PEOPLE TO CHOSE IDEOLOGY OVER SENSE IN ORDER TO FIT IN. HUMANS AREN’T REALLY INDEPENDENT THINKERS, WE’RE HERD ANIMALS. WE THINK LIKE OUR FRIENDS IN ORDER TO BE THEIR FRIENDS, WE IDENTIFY WITH VEGETARIAN OR MEAT-LOVER, GREEN OR ACT, IN ORDER TO BELONG TO OUR CHOSEN TRIBE. BUT SOME ISSUES SIT ABOVE SIMPLE IDEOLOGY. NONE OF US SHOULD LIVE AS IF THERE’S NO TOMMORROW. OR THERE WON’T BE.
We pay export prices for fresh food that we produce. An avocado is now an investment & frozen food’s cheaper than fresh. Our two supermarket chains have ceased to compete and found ways to “add value” to one of the last unprocessed things in our lives. Someone’s making a lot of money out of what goes from our fields to our tables. And now our government wants to regulate farmers markets, the last chink in the wall, the last way we can meet the people who actually grow the food we eat. Who is this government? What do they eat?