Thursday, March 09, 2006

May I Say Nothing

This story has been making it's way around the internet for about a week now and I hadn't posted it because it speaks for itself. From London's Evening Standard:

Lead singer Neil Tennant regularly donated thousands of pounds to the labor Party during its first term in office between 1997 and 2001 but he now votes Liberal Democrat... Tennant and Lowe vehemently oppose the Government's plan for ID cards and the "special relationship" between George Bush and Mr Blair. One song, Integral, is scathing about the aims of the New Labour project.

A spokesman for the Pet Shop Boys said: "Neil has always been a Labour Party supporter but at the last election he voted Liberal Democrat because he is completely against the idea of ID cards.

"The Pet Shop Boys think we should try to increase our freedom, not limit it. They don't believe ID cards are an effective way of countering terrorism.

"Some tracks are about the climate of fear that is being exploited so people can push through ID cards. I'm With Stupid is inspired by the relationship between George Bush and Tony Blair."

: PSB are far from complete strangers with politics since some of their early material has a decided anti-Thatcher tilt, they campaigned against the law that outlawed unlicensed raves in the early 90s and wrote "DJ Culture" about the first Gulf War. Why wouldn't they have something to say about when governments are working within this "climate of fear" that the spokesman mentioned? If there was a time when politics and governmental action had visible consequence it is our times today.

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