Thursday, April 27, 2006

British Socialism explained

The Daily Mail is giving DVDs away over the next few weeks. You have to collect the tokens and send off for them.

Given the Mail's editorial line, the films are a surprising choice. One is an anarchist parable, where the good people of London throw off the shackles of statehood and grasp their autonomous destiny. Another screens the glorious fantasy of the alienated young worker. There is also the story of the class-outcast gradually picking off a whole aristocratic dynasty in an act of social vengence.

Among the others, one provides a syndicalist example of how the railways could be run, while another shows the capacity that spontaneously-organised militant labour has to respond to technological change. Perhaps the best of the lot portrays the time-bomb that is the dutiful employee. So you can stick your Eisenstein up your arse, as far as I'm concerened.

I shall be buying the Daily Mail for the next two weeks. God help me. Unless someone has a maiden aunt who can clip the coupons for me?

These films are all nearly as good as the greatest British Socialist movie ever*. I got that free with The Daily Telegraph a few weeks ago....

*It's set in Nottingham y'know!

7 comments:

col said...

"Set in Nottingham at the end of the 50s, "Saturday Night..." offered newcomer Finney the chance to really show what he could do on-screen.",

... which was everything, except carry off a Nottingham accent.

Paul Anderson said...

You're right, it's bizarre. Next, the Spectator does a promotion with If...

You can avoid collecting the coupons if you get the Mail from Smith's where they automatically give you the DVD when you buy the paper. Which is what I'm doing, so instead of simply chucking the paper out after I've got the DVD, I'll play the maiden aunt and cut out the coupons for you in return for a beer next week.

Will said...

This is most excellent Paul.

I will be shoplifting vocifourisly in the coming days.

hakmao said...

Or even vociferously, or assiduously, or diligently.

Will said...

Fucking pedant.

my spelling guardain.

hakmao said...

You should work for the Guardian with typing like that.

Frankly I'd rather buy that lot from pirates than the people who run the Mail.

FredM said...

My sentiments also Hak: see http://daily-heil.urbanup.com/738029
for a nice description of one of the Mail's nicknames.