- Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:51 pm
I simply couldn't be arsed with Wall 30 commemorations this evening. I was there at the 20th (cheap beer and sausage) and also at the 25th (beer and sausage, and a sprained ankle) and the novelty has worn off.
One the one hand, it is an undiluted good that this horrific beast is slain and ground in to the dust of history, but the dividend, an entirely separate entity, seems to have pulled up short on its promises. We have rocketing inequality, rampant gentrification, an arts sector that is barely breathing and the rapid erosion of all that set us apart from the rest of the easyJet schedule.
The differences between now and pre-1989 are palpable, of course they are, but there is no escaping the feeling of having sleepwalked in to another form of tyranny which puts one ideology - capitalism - on a pedestal to the detriment of everything else.
Jack believed in the inherent goodness of humanity, and felt a deep social responsibility to protect that. Through us all, Jack marches on.