This blog is a brief response to the artwashing of the Great Exhibition of the North, particularly the inclusion of BAE Systems as a “premier partner” of the event, which is billed as the UK’s biggest event for 2018. There’s a campaign to force event organisers to remove BAE Systems from the list of sponsors and I’m a member, but I want to consider the following questions in relation to the scandal: a) Who really organises the exhibition?… READ MORE

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Devo, Duty Now For The Future, 1979 Devo, Duty Now For The Future, 1979

Devo, Duty Now For The Future, 1979

SOCIAL ACTION NOW! A new anthem for “shared society” Tories and for all the compliant public sector workers. Social workers, community groups, volunteers, cultural organisations, everyone! SOCIAL ACTION NOW!  DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE! [Repeat ad infinitum…]

I ask: “Can social action really co-produce us out of this SHIT?”… READ MORE

Clambering men in big bad boots
Dug up my den, dug up my roots.
Treated us like plasticine town
They build us up and knocked us down.


From Meccano to Legoland,
Here they come with a brick in their hand,
Men with heads filled up with sand,
It’s build.


It’s build a house where we can stay,
Add a new bit everyday.