Punk music police censorship in English football

This music video from Britain is called Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK 1976.

By poet Attila the Stockbroker in England:

Anarchy in the UK – but censorship in Gillingham

Thursday 5th March 2015

Now my autobiography is finished the gigs are beginning to start again. Today my wife and I are off to Lerwick for my first ever appearances in Shetland – hooray! Looking forward to that, and to sampling the ale from the legendary Valhalla Brewery — an extended report of proceedings will be in my next column.

And I had a brilliant show last Sunday at the Winter of Discontent punk festival in north London with Sunderland heroes and old mates Angelic Upstarts, Welsh anti-fascist legends The Oppressed and Edinburgh’s hilarious Oi Polloi.

Now a bit more from the book.

To set the scene — it’s 1997 and the crisis at my beloved Brighton & Hove Albion is at its height. Our Goldstone Ground has been sold to property speculators, we’re playing our “home” games at Gillingham, a round trip of 140 miles, and we’re second from bottom of the entire Football League.

To try and liven things up a bit, I’ve persuaded club chairman Dick Knight to let me be PA announcer and DJ, playing punk, reggae and ska. It’s Boxing Day 1997, at home to Colchester. A noon kick-off.

We’d obviously had to set off really early to get to Gillingham in time for the game and everyone was a bit bleary-eyed. So, for the first time, I decided to play Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols. It had been on for about a minute when a policeman burst into the box.

“Take that off! Take that off! Now!”

“Why?’”I asked. But I could see that he was really angry. So I did, and put the Clash on instead.

This music video from England is called The Clash – Janie Jones (live at the Belle Vue, Manchester, UK 15. November 1977).

“You can’t play that record at a football match. It’s banned. It’s on THE LIST!”

“What list?” I asked. “No-one has ever told me there was a list of records I couldn’t play!”

“Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it!’ he shouted. “It’s obvious!”

I stood there, the Clash playing in the background, perplexed. It evidently wasn’t “obvious” to me and the fact that he needed to explain further made him even more angry. “It incites violence in the crowd!” he exclaimed.

I thought for a few seconds. “Well, officer,” I said. “I bought two copies of Anarchy in the UK in the black sleeve on EMI Records on the day that it came out in 1976. I have played it and heard it many, many times since and not once has doing so given me violent thoughts of any kind whatsoever.

“I have also been to all 92 Football League grounds and every time I have heard In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins I have had to restrain myself from committing serious acts of criminal damage!”

He didn’t get the joke and, a couple of days later, Brighton & Hove Albion FC received a formal letter from Kent Police banning me from doing the PA at Gillingham any longer.

Dick Knight phoned me up. “I’m not having that, John!” He spoke to them and the ban was rescinded, on condition that I didn’t play Anarchy in the UK again. So I didn’t.

This music video is called The Damned – Smash it Up; Old Grey Whistle Test.

I did play Smash it Up by the Damned and I Fought the Law and White Riot by the Clash in the next couple of weeks though. No policeman appeared in the box. Obviously those three weren’t on THE LIST.

This music video is called The Clash – I Fought The Law (Live at The London Lyceum Theatre – 1979).

This music video is called The Clash – White Riot.

Bahrain opposition thanks singer John Legend

This music video from the USA is called Common, John Legend – Glory.

From the site of Al Wefaq in Bahrain:

Bahrain opposition thanks Legend for his support to freedom and justice

The National Democratic Opposition in Bahrain thanks and appreciates the international star John Legend for declaring support to the democratic and just demands of the people of Bahrain on March 2nd at the Arad Castle theater.

Legend had played an influential role in advocating the culture of freedom and tolerance through the art of music.

The words spoken by Legend before his audience in Bahrain reflected his civilized thoughts about humanitarian issues regardless of sex, race, color or belief. The opposition commends Legend’s call and prayer ”for the people of Bahrain. And for those who stand for justice, accountability, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom to organize without fear of retribution, please know that I stand with you”. The Bahraini opposition will continue its movement to achieve the humanitarian values it shares with Legend, wishing him more success in his support to rights and freedoms for all.

The opposition also takes the opportunity to urge the Bahraini Authorities to engage in the establishment of a culture of human rights and tolerance to prevent hate.

The National Democratic Opposition – Manama, 4 March 2015

This video is called Bahrain : Opposition demand to be truly represented through truly elected government.

British police search Conservative politician’s home in child abuse, murder investigation

This video says about itself:

BBC News at One – Operation Midland – investigation into child sex abuse & murder allegations

18 December 2014

Police are investigating the possible murders of three boys in connection with an alleged paedophile ring involving powerful people including senior figures in public life, the military, law enforcement and politicians in the 1970s and 80s.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The BBC’s Tom Symonds said: “This is possibly the Met’s most sensitive investigation at this time. It stems from allegations by a man called Nick who came forward to the investigative news website Exaro, and then went to the police. He gave a detailed statement which the police found to be credible and in their words ‘true’.

The police are looking at the possibility that three children have been murdered, and the possibility that one child was run over at some point during this period.

They are looking at whether there was abuse at military establishments, some of the abusers are suspected to be senior military figures, and senior figures from law enforcement, and senior politicians.

The officers are looking at whether some of the abuse took place in a flat in Dolphin Square.

The police are appealing for witnesses to come forward, they want victims to feel reassured that they can trust the police to do the right thing and they will be listened to.

They would like to speak to anyone who might have perhaps worked or lived at Dolphin Square.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor denies any role in Westminster abuse ring

Thursday 5 March 2015 09.09 GMT

Denial comes as detectives from Met’s Operation Midland inquiry into historical abuse allegations search former MP’s Leicestershire home

The former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor has denied being part of a “rent-boy ring” or attending sex parties with other prominent figures, after his home was searched by police investigating historical allegations of child sex abuse.

Proctor – who left parliament in 1987 after pleading guilty to acts of gross indecency – said he knew nothing about a VIP paedophile ring alleged to have existed at Westminster during the 1970s and 1980s, or allegations that three boys linked to the abuse were murdered.

A Metropolitan police spokesman confirmed that “officers from Operation Midland are carrying out a search of an address in Grantham [in Lincolnshire] in connection with their inquiries”.

Operation Midland was launched by the Met last November following allegations that boys were sexually abused by a VIP paedophile ring centred on Westminster more than 30 years ago, amid claims that sex parties involving boys below the age of consent were held at the Dolphin Square apartment block near the Houses of Parliament.

The operation includes detectives from the child abuse investigation command and the homicide and major crime command.

Proctor, 68, works for the Duke and Duchess of Rutland and lives in a house within the 16,000-acre grounds of their home Belvoir Castle, in Leicestershire, near Grantham. …

Proctor represented Basildon in Essex from 1979 to 1983 and Billericay, also in Essex, from 1983 to 1987. He also sat on the executive of the right-wing pressure group the Monday Club.

United States Republican politician Rudy Giuliani, animated cartoon

This animated cartoon is by Mark Fiore from the USA. He writes about it:

2 March 2015

I know he’s just crying out for attention, but Rudy Giuliani saying “I do not believe that the president loves America,” highlights some deeper issues in the Republican party and our democracy in general. For one, the failed presidential candidate and former mayor made the statement at a private dinner featuring Scott Walker, one of the top Republican presidential contenders.