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Interesting Times

It would be prejudicial to the national interest and the conduct of the government’s foreign policy if the English courts were to express opinions on questions of international law concerning the use of force by the United Kingdom and other states which might differ from those expressed by the government and advanced by it in the conduct of international relations.

– Permanent Undersecretary of State Sir Michael Jay, July 1st

As James said, “Come again? Government accountability? Separation of judiciary and executive? Wishy-washy liberal nonsense…”

Or as Michael Jay might have said “The government does what it likes and we do what we’re told”

Will chips in

If there’s any hope for America, it lies in a revolution, and if there’s any hope for a revolution in America, it lies in getting Elvis Presley to become Che Guevara

Phil Ochs, musician, 1940-76

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In case you were unsure, Phil Ochs was a regarded folk musician. Committed suicide in 1976. Not an Elvis impersonator. Quite.

Apologies. I’ve corrected it to ‘musician’, my careless reading of the ABC article. He impersonated Elvis, he wasn’t an elvis *impersonator* (at least not in the professional sense i implied).

Ah, but over here (in the US) Che Guevara has become elivis presley. The spread of those insidious Che shirts (with the warhol portrait on them), is bizarre.

It is not bizarre for their misunderstanding of Guevara, but for Warhol’s (accidentally?) perfect understanding of Guevara within contemporary American society.

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