Just been listening to the cricket on the radio and Bangladesh have beaten England and I for one am happy with the result. Whilst listening I went through a range of emotions; when it comes to sport I have long been a passionate, too often a ‘one-eyed’, supporter of England. So I turned on the radio as that passionate England supporter, the match was well balanced with England batting second. As I listened I thought about what it would mean for Bangladesh to win, not just for the players but for the nation. Bangladesh has a precarious existence, much of it low-lying and threatened by rising sea levels It’s exploited by the west for cheap goods, especially clothing, and there was that horrendous factory collapse that resulted in over a thousand deaths and still western companies avoid responsibility and proper compensation. Contrast this with the response to the twin towers which actually resulted in fewer deaths.
I also thought about various reports of English cricketing arrogance, of Stuart Broad’s tweet last year: “I’ve heard if you earn minimum wage in England you’re in the top 10% earners in the world. #stay #humble.”. Now it could be argued he was trying to put a world context on the national situation in England, trouble is he does it from the position of a privately educated multi-millionaire white default male which puts him in what? Top 0.1% earners in the world?
So, as I listen to the cricket my allegiance shifts and I become quietly pleased as England’s wickets fall. I enjoy listening to Geoffrey Boycott’s very sensible castigation of the England team’s management (more white, privately educated default males). I thrill to the thought that I’m failing Tebbit’s cricket test. But runs keep being scored as the wickets fall and England may yet win the match, I equivocate and think an England win would be good, but this is just my narrow, parochial nationalism raising it’s ugly ukip-like head. Not to worry, the Bangladeshi cricketers keep their heads and ‘mop up’ the English tail and achieve their best ever result, they not only beat England but qualify for the final stages of the cricket world cup. And will the English team and management #stay#humble?
The Bangladeshi win raises my spirits as I’ve been very tired and a little low so I’m trying to rest up to save energy for our Budapest trip. Further evidence over two months after treatment has finished of how severe my fatigue is.
Although the nature and composition of my blog can be somewhat random with the occasional stream of bollocks every now and then I attempt a thematic approach and try to weave a narrative that has some coherence. So Bangladesh is followed by my take on Naomi Klein’s recent writing printed in The Grauniad over the past few days. In recent years Klein has been focussing on climate change and today’s piece really chimes with me. Evidence has been mounting for years that this is because of us humans pouring carbon into the atmosphere and yet too many of us have done too little so far.
And yet when faced with catastrophe we have ‘pulled together’ in the past. It’s got nothing to do with lack of technological knowledge, there are many options available for energy production through to energy conservation. As Klein puts it so well we even ‘pull together’ to maintain and keep going our current economic system: “We sacrifice our pensions, our hard-won labour rights, our arts and after-school programmes. We accept that we have to pay dramatically more for the destructive energy sources that power our transportation and lives”. That: “The past 30 years have been a steady process of getting less and less in the public sphere. This is all defended in the name of austerity”.
So we all accept this and so much more but why can’t we get it together to properly combat climate change? It will come as absolutely no surprise to many of you that me and Naomi have the same answer and that is deregulated capitalism, or neoliberalism. “We are stuck because the actions that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe – and would benefit the vast majority – are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets”. Yep, it’s the kleptos and bbs that are responsible, all they want is ever increasing wealth so that they can pay a fortune for a Stradivarius that they can’t even play while the world floods and burns.
Reminds me of the story about beardy branson who apparently had an epiphany watching ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ in 2006 and immediately pledged $3billion to join the fight against climate change. So far at best virgin have invested about $230 million and much of that has gone into trying to grab a share of the ‘green market’. Why do I pick on beardy? Because he represents what Alan Bennett thinks the English hypocrisy, in some ways he’s worse than the other kleptos because he tries to portray an image that he’s some sort of people’s champion – twat.
Still, a new series of Poldark eh Mark?
Manifesto 96: (courtesy of Marge)
- make your own beefburgers, or even vegeburgers, from locally sourced beef and veg and boycott big companies, especially virgin.
Keep on keeping on and Bangladesh for the cup, love Duncan.