And so it is Friday once again, and once agaion I am feeling indignant. No, I am feeling angry. I am angry about the way we as a society treat our disabled and elderly. When people are no longer of direct use as consumers they become a commodity—a commodity to be traded by Granny Farmers, and all the other parasites who are feeding on the decaying corpse of a Welfare State that was once the envy of the world.
Why? Because of something that was set into motion 74 years ago.
The 1942 report on Social Insurance and Allied Services, known commonly as the Beveridge Report, was an influential document in the founding of the welfare state in the United Kingdom, published in November 1942. It was chaired by the Liberal economist William Beveridge, who identified five "Giant Evils" in society: squalor, ignorance, want, idleness, and disease, and went on to propose widespread reform to the system of social welfare to address these.
The Report came in the midst of war, and promised a reward for the sacrifices undertaken by everyone. Highly popular with the public, the report formed the basis for the post-war reforms known as the Welfare State, which include the expansion of National Insurance and the creation of the National Health Service.
And it was all for nothing. I used to work in the health service, and I have friends who do so still, and I have friends and family who work in similar jobs in the private sector. And I have nothing but respect for these people who continue to bring a good service against insurmountable odds. But the people in charge, who have reduces the lives of the old and the ill to mere dots on a balance sheet? I have nothing but contempt for them, and if this country ever sheds the shackles of apathy long enough to rise up against the tyrants (which I truly think is never going to happen), I hope these bastards are first against the wall.
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Gonzo Magazine #176
Badfinger, Joey Molland, The Raz Band, Happy the Man, Live Music, Daevid Allen, Gong, Greil Marcus, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
Joey Molland, the last man standing of Badfinger is on the front cover, with an interview with him about his work with The Raz Band inside. Doug gets all lyrical about Happy the Man, John asks worrying questions about the future of live music, Alan talks about his experiences with Daevid Allen the poet, while we review a book by Greil Marcus and Biffo is uncertain about Crowd Funding. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
Motorhead, Pet Shop Boys, Brian Wilson, Rolling Stones, Noel Gallagher, Barry Gibb, Paul McCartney, Tony Hawk, John Ellis, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Ronald Balfour "Ronnie" Corbett, CBE, Andrew Laurence (Andy "Thunderclap") Newman, David Nathaniel Baker Jr., Roger Marcel Cicero Ciceu, Captain Beefheart, Brand X, Osibisa, Pink Fairies, Gram Parsons'- The International Submarine Band, Gib Guilbeau, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Sons of Fred, Percy Jones, Norman Wisdom featuring Rick Wakeman, Joey Molland, The Raz Band, Happy the Man, Roy Weard, John Brodie-Good, Daevid Allen, Alan Dearling, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Greil Marcus, The Beatles, Billy Fury, Jimmy Page, Michael Jackson, Cameron Mitchell, Bob Marley, The Who, Neil Nixon, Garth Brooks, Niburta
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
Issue 172 (4th Eden)
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
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