Key 103 Summer Live 2015, Manchester Arena, 19th of July 2015

THis is the debut blog post from Andrew Boswell!


Sunday night was a far cry from the last concert I attended, AC/DC at Wembley Stadium.I booked tickets for  Key103 Summer Live to see Rita Ora, but she’d already cancelled. I was not the demographic or target audience for the rest of the billing.

I arrived at Manchester Arena an hour early with two excited eight year olds and their mum. Huge fans of pop music, we entered an arena with 14000 people and the girl’s jaws hit the floor.

Minutes to wait before the lights went down. Key 103  DJ’s Mike and Chelsea welcomed the crowd and we were off.

James May started the evening, with mellow melodies, looking like Johnny Depp with a wide brimmed hat, long hair and skinny jeans. Laid back and quietly confident. This man will go far if he finds his market.

Mr Probz, who I wasn’t familiar with, on next,  looking nothing like…

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New blog

Sorry, I keep accidentally putting posts in this blog. I actually blog here at the

Labour’s ‘betrayal’. Why it’s a fucking good thing.

I know everyone is very upset. Labour have betrayed the people etc etc etc ad infinitum. Here is what happened today, Labour maintained the same position they have had since the early nineties. In the late nineties they started the transformation of our benefits system, under the banner of asset based welfare. In 2006 they were told it was unsustainable and effectively told that to continue this way would be throwing anyone who needed benefits in future under a bus and it has been at the core of their politics since, regardless.

Exploitation of inequality for political gain to perpetuate the financialisation of our economy. The reshaping of our entire political economy to suit finance. Sold by their media culture.

It’s really difficult to accept that. Accepting that means accepting that our democracy has been broken for a very long time. That the nexus of media, finance and politics, has broken democracy and we didn’t notice.

It’s very easy to stay in denial rather than face that. Once you accept that Labour’s position is as it has always been, you have to quickly move on. Because then you have to start considering the bigger implications. This is frightening, so we revert back to ‘Labour will save us one day’.

When Owen Jones and Sunny Hundal and the Labour cyber guppies were sent out to make sure there was no discussion of austerity in the Labour focused anti-cuts movement, the reason they enjoyed that initial success was because when they said there is no alternative, it reassured people. So they didn’t have to move past Labour and ponder those very difficult questions. This is why that culture got away with abusing vulnerable people, gaslighting, defamation.

But once you let it go, once you accept that actually the system of think tanks, newspapers and dead political parties keeping democracy in the hands of finance, is what it is, once you have accepted that things were broken a long time ago, you can open up to the possibility of change.

Then you realise that the fact that you are now realising this, is a sign things ARE changing. That other people have realised this too. In fact, once you have left the mindset of ‘there is no alternative but Labour’, your mind opens to the reality of the situation. That not only is change possible but it is happening and it is happening without permission of the political press. You don’t have to have conversation kept within those very very silly parameters.

Once you accept you cannot change the Labour Party, you realise there has to be another way of changing democracy. Then you realise our democratic institutions are designed so you can change the face of democracy. And once you realise that, you feel very silly ever thinking Labour were a solution and are free to have your own conversation and really look at the big picture and what is wrong with it.

Then you watch other people catch up. Slowly but surely, they catch up. And you realise that the demonstration of that Labour culture desperately trying to hold onto the ability to dictate the parameters of debate, is useful to you. It is demonstrating how that was always done. How democracy was given to finance and kept in those hands. So it doesn’t have to be again. Then all of a sudden the world looks very different, and you can see that change is not only likely, but it is possible and it is happening and that all you have to do is demand what you want, be the change you want, and really THAT is the kind of change that is on the table when there are no certainties any more.

The things we do now, the things we fight for, will define the next century. Once you are past being limited to ‘I’d quite like the Labour Party to turn left’ you can really ponder what is possible, demand it, and achieve it. ”

“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway… And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!”” Anne Frank.


Minister No More!

Dear future me, I know I have been blogging sporadically and I know you are probably looking through for responses to events wondering why I didnt write anything down and cursing me for being a lazy bitch, but here is a reblog of the hottest finance Minister ever. After the elation of last nights referendum came the realisation that a finance minister has never created so many wet gussets. Anyway, Greece are probably going to get a fucking battering now for daring to stand up and say no, but democracy stood up to finance yesterday and I am hoping it is a key event in a chain of events over the next five years, and I think it is.

Yanis Varoufakis

The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage.

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As it happened – Yanis Varoufakis’ intervention during the 27th June 2015 Eurogroup Meeting

In an abusive household there is a period, before the victim can act to address abuse, where they must decide if it is abusive. The process by which challenge exposes the limitations of power, and it becomes revealed that there is no right to stand up to this behaviour, is useful. It is the period in which people learn to understand the nature of the power controlling them. To make that power aware of harm being caused by the abuse of power. Those expecting miracles from Syriza failed to understand the nature of the problem. If all Syriza achieve is the demonstration that democracy is not an acceptable challenge to the power of finance, then that is something we must learn from. The reason the political spectrum is redefining around parties like Syriza, is that they are the parties to say ok, this is democracy. Bare your teeth and show us what democracy is up against. Until those teeth have been fully bared, people cannot learn how power is exercised and challenge it.

Yanis Varoufakis

The Eurogroup Meeting of 27th June 2015 will not go down as a proud moment in Europe’s history. Ministers turned down the Greek government’s request that the Greek people should be granted a single week during which to deliver a Yes or No answer to the institutions’ proposals – proposals crucial for Greece’s future in the Eurozone. The very idea that a government would consult its people on a problematic proposal put to it by the institutions was treated with incomprehension and often with disdain bordering on contempt. I was even asked: “How do you expect common people to understand such complex issues?”. Indeed, democracy did not have a good day in yesterday’s Eurogroup meeting! But nor did European institutions. After our request was rejected, the Eurogroup President broke with the convention of unanimity (issuing a statement without my consent) and even took the dubious decision to convene a follow up meeting without the Greek minister, ostensibly to…

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Response to Polly Toynbee’s piece in Guardian last week..

THis was written a few years ago, when Labour were rolling out their machinery to prevent discussion of austerity and exploit the fear and pain it was causing. Ignore that it is a response to St.Polly of Toynbee, its about debt, welfare, inequality, and the ‘working poor’ as the countries working families have recently been rechristened.

The Idge of Reason

I read Polly Toynbee’s piece in yesterday’s Guardian, nodding in agreement with much of it. The willingness of our Conservative-led government to punish the poorest in our society, while pushing people to believe that they deserve what is coming, has been almost as astounding as the willingness of the general public to accept it.

But there are things that Polly missed, and they are things that need to be discussed if we are to hope to begin to oppose these policies effectively.

When Tony Blair stood up and said that New Labour intended to abolish child poverty, who didn’t applaud? I worked at a Jobcentre when Tax Credits and the minimum wage were introduced, and the effect was astounding. When the minimum wage was introduced, we removed cards for jobs for adults that paid 1.65 an hour. The promise that working families would have an income of more than…

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