6 Jul 2011

E. U. Crisis: An Alternative Union, Grab it and Change it While you Can

It may be dawning on the so called Euro elites that top down leadership devoid of anchors to the reality of citizen approval and the democratic process is equated with failure. Especially as the crisis swells towards a threatening Tempest.

The United Kingdom faced such a political and economic crisis in the 1970's. It was especially prevalent in the North of Ireland until communities eventually came together to decide their destiny.

Uncanny, how the song below 1978 by Belfast Punk Band Stiff Little Fingers spells the same message for Europe today and the present crisis as it did back then for Ulster youth. 

Sunny Ulster flies again. Where there is a will, there is a way. The 
annual Marching season gets started for 2011.
The controversial Stiff Middle Finger sculpture 
by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan in front of the Milan Stock Exchange 2010.
Some say it reflects feeling towards the E.U. establishment.
Nothin' for us in Belfast... 

We ain't got nothin' but they don't really care     
They don't even know you know
Just want our money
And we can take it or leave it
What we need is

An Alternative Ulster
Grab it and change it it's yours......

Take a look where you're livin'
You got the Army on your street
And the RUC dog of repression
Is barking at your feet
Is this the kind of place you wanna live?
Is this where you wanna be?
Is this the only life we're gonna have?
What we need is

An Alternative Ulster..
Get an Alternative Ulster
Ignore the bores and their laws

Get an Alternative Ulster

They say they've got control of you
But that's not true you know
They say they're a part of you
And that's a lie you know
They say you will never be
Free free free

Alternative Union......
Get an Alternative Union      

The BBC's Gavin Hewitt talks of “Europe's state of anxiety......that this is a time for fresh thinking in Europe.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14031601

Of course it is time for fresh thinking. Isn't that what crises are for....As for the Punk Band I remember them well keeping me awake as they practised in their flat above me in Osborne Park during the Belfast Summer of 1978. I was thinking back then there must be some alternative to this kind of music.