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The Trump protest, EP Thompson’s moral economy & Matthew d’Ancona

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2018 by kmflett

The Trump protest, EP Thompson’s moral economy & Matthew d’Ancona

Sometimes life passes you by and I missed a reference in the Guardian to EP Thompson’s moral economy in the Guardian on 8th July:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/09/trump-uk-visit-shames-theresa-may-protests

It was from Matthew d’Ancona a liberal-ish Tory who writes for the Guardian and the London Evening Standard. He is a Corbynphobe and spends much of his time criticising the left, while very occasionally aiming a broadside at the right of the Tory Party.

His piece on 8th July was about the anti-Trump protest on 13th July in London which he thought should be peaceful and witty. Indeed it was, with around 250,000 people. My thoughts on this are here:

https://kmflett.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/the-stop-trump-protest-on-13th-july-was-big-but-that-wasnt-the-best-thing-about-it/

Somewhere in his argument with himself about the nature of the protest he decided to reference EP Thompson’s moral economy. The relevant passage is here:

There has long been a tendency on the far left to romanticise what EP Thompson called “the moral economy of the English crowd” and to see this as a blank cheque for disorder. More recently, a new and pernicious doctrine has taken hold – that unacceptable or “problematic” speech is a form of violence and a justification for the pre-emptive use of force. I can imagine this axiom being used by British Antifa protesters as an excuse for pointless exhibitions of force this week.

D’Ancona has a first in Modern History from Oxford which however probably did not include E.P Thompson’s work on eighteenth century England and the moral economy.

There is no evidence provided for his statement that the ‘far left’ like to use the concept of a moral economy as a ‘blank cheque for disorder’. Possibly because he has little or none but this is journalism not an academic article so he is not really expected to produce any.

However let us consider the realities of how Thompson viewed the moral economy:

1 It was a concept he used to describe how relations between the poor and the ruling class went on in a patrician society, before the working-class was formed.

2 A moral economy meant one where there was general agreement on, particularly, the quality and price of bread (beer was also sometimes involved). Assizes sat to lay down rules on this. If they were not kept the poor could appeal to the law. If that didn’t work they might protest. The protest was the key point. It was often designed to address issues of overpriced or poor-quality bread. Very occasionally it led to a riot but that was generally seen as a failure of the process.

3 Thompson was very clear that the concept of a moral economy applied to only the eighteenth century and should not be applied elsewhere. In a subsequent update he conceded that the concept was now in such widespread usage that he could no longer lay down a framework for its use. Indeed he occasionally applied it to the present day himself- see the essays in his collection Writing By Candlelight.

As we know the huge London protest against Trump was entirely peaceful and perhaps did echo Thompson’s moral economy in suggesting that there is a certain basic understanding between the rich and poor about how a market society works or should work that Trump persists in trampling on.

On Saturday however the supporters of jailed fascist Yaxley Lennon again attacked police and opponents in central London. One wonders if Mr d’Ancona will manage a column

 

 

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HIrsute warn hot weather beard trims are a craft. DO NOT visit a barber’s shop

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE

15th July

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Hirsute warn hot weather beard trims are a craft. DO NOT visit a barber’s shop

Winner of the Beard of Summer 2018 Philip Ardagh has not trimmed his beard

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers which campaigns against beardism, irrational prejudice against the hirsute has issued a warning about appropriate and inappropriate beard trimming as the temperature continues to be around the 30C in some parts of the UK.

The campaigners have urged the hirsute to take special care of their beards in high temperatures. Trimming is acceptable but on no account should the hirsute visit a barber’s shop

BLF organiser Keith Flett said, shaving off the beard in the UK during hot temperatures is the very worst thing that you can do. Facial hair has a cooling effect on the skin and exposure to the sun’s rays after shaving is likely to lead to sunburn.

Flett continued, however when in Algiers in 1882 Karl Marx had a full beard trim, as opposed to pruning, and exceptionally this is also a permitted activity

Guidelines for maintaining & trimming the Beard in hot weather

If the beard is above three inches in length moderate summer trimming may be in order, following the guidelines set by Marx in 1882

If the beard starts to over-heat immersing it in the freezer cabinet of the nearest supermarket will provide an instant remedy

Hand held fans may also be used to ventilate the beard

If the beard starts to dry out in the heat and follicles become brittle immersion in a pint of craft beer will moisturise and nourish the beard.

Trimming should on no account be done in a barbers shops. Barbers are notorious pogonophobes who will enthusiastically ‘over-trim’

Trimming should be done using a pair of fine scissors and a mirror to a length and style to suit. DO NOT use any form of shaver. Trimming is a craft job

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Ambridge Socialist: After the Chequers Brexit Plan can the Ambridge Agreement work?

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2018 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist

15th July

All the news of the class struggle in Borsetshire

After the Chequers Brexit Plan can the Ambridge Agreement work?

It’s ‘A Family War’ not the Ambridge Socialist’s description of events at Home Farm but that of the Daily Telegraph which knows more than we do about intra-bourgeoisie squabbles. Debbie has flown in from Eastern Europe at the behest of Brian but appears to be finding it impossible to reconcile the squabbling parties. Following discussions it looks like a plan is going to be put forward to sell Home Farm (the house). That will leave Brian to move into the spare room at The Bull and the others can do as they please. The issue is, will selling the house solve the crisis at Home Farm?

Trump in Ambridge

The orange moron would love Ambridge aside from the fact that there is as yet no golf course or Trump hotel. Both could be arranged if Home Farm was put up for sale though.

Whack-a-mole

The biggest crisis of the week, an incorrectly calibrated Whack-a-mole appears to have been sorted out by David who saw an alignment problem.

The Ambridge Fete

The Ambridge Socialist suggests Justin should be put in the stocks and be pelted with farm related things until he conceded genuinely affordable housing. Neil is unsure about judging the Pet element of the fete, claiming he knows nothing, but this is rarely a problem in Ambridge.

In Other News

Susan has praised Neil’s whiteboard in his new farm unit office. The Ambridge Socialist has several spare whiteboards if there any enthusiasts out there. Supply your own marker pens.

 

 

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Wimbledon: campaigners rule Djokovic does not have a beard as Championship struggles with hirsute times

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

15th July

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Wimbledon: campaigners rule Novak Djokovic does not have a beard as Championship struggles with hirsute times

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has ruled that Wimbledon finalist Novak Djokovic does not have a beard as he faces clean shaven South African opponent Kevin Anderson in the Men’s Singles final on Sunday.

The campaigners say that Djokovic has failed the classic Clint Eastwood Sphagetti Western stubble to beard test. Djokovic consistently comes down on the side of stubble when the criteria is applied.

While most sports including previously very clean-shaven ones such as golf now have high levels of hirsuteness Wimbledon is behind the hairy times.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, it is of course possible that given both Djokovic and Anderson have powerful serves that the match could be a lengthy one. If so it is just possible that Djokovic will fulfil the criteria for a beard by the final set.

 

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From Golden Boot to Golden Beard: Harry Kane wins Beard of the World Cup vote

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

15th July

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

From Golden Boot to Golden Beard: Harry Kane wins Beard of the World Cup vote

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that while it looks like England football captain Harry Kane will win the Golden Boot in the 2018 World Cup he has already received one important honour. He has been voted ‘Beard of the World Cup’ in a public poll that ran throughout the competition.

Harry Kane ended up with 45% of the popular vote. Second was Australian captain Mile Jedinak who got 26% and Olivier Giroud of France who will be in Sunday’s final was third with 12%.

The voting criteria were based on a mixture of how impressive a player’s beard was combined with the impact it made on the pitch

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, of course beard wise Harry Kane’s facial hair is not as striking as that of Mile Jedinak. However as the likely winner of the Golden Boot the impact of his beard on the pitch was greater. He is a true representative of English footballing beard power.

 

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Beard of the World Cup. Final day of vote. Can Kane beard the opposition?

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

14th July

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Beard of the World Cup. Final day of vote. Can Kane beard the opposition?

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with the football World Cup now in its last weekend the competition is still bristling for the coveted Beard of the World Cup accolade

Harry Kane leads the vote but Australian captain Jedinak is within a whisker (though the side are of course out)

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, we’re looking now for a decisive beard impact on the pitch with the winner declared ahead of the Final on Sunday

Beard of the Football World Cup 2018

 

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Beard of Summer Philip Ardagh joins protest against pogonophobe Trump

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

14th July

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has welcomed the news that Philip Ardagh, voted Beard of Summer 2018 two weeks, joined the protest against Donald Trump in central London on Friday.

The campaigners say that along with a range of other reactionary prejudices Trump is a noted pogonophobe. He has never had a beard and held out against appointing hirsute warmonger John Bolton as National Security Advisor reportedly because he refused to shave off his moustache.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett, we are delighted that Philip Ardagh joined many other beard wearers in protesting pogonophobe Trump.