“Run ft. Rag‘n’Bone Man sharply returns to the central theme of B. Inspired- arguably social mobility, “making it”. This track again sets out the grim reality of life in the underclass and begins to bring in a critique of those at the bottom who in their own defeat, use what little energy they have after survival to keep others down. It is a lower-class parallel to the Thatcherism “let your poppies grow tall”. I think this especially appeals to Bugzy’s intended audience as a response to the lack of ambition fostered in people with working-class origins without the moralism or shallow workerism of today’s political left- again remaining at the blurry fringe between social and political. It is therapy to combat the psychological aspects of class neglected in mainstream discourses which admits that social mobility is a struggle, full of contradictions, but that’s life and Bugzy’s audience knows it.” … More A Sociologist on Grime, the Sociology of Bugzy Malone | Album Review of B. Inspired
This week, a few stories of disappointment coalesce into an explanation of my growing cynicism.
“I am beginning to lose hope, finding cynicism everywhere, hoping that hope is something that only actors have, having to believe that I’ll have lost hope when I stop trying. […] In those moments, I am not sure whether I should cry or be Stoic. I am Stoic as long as I am in public.
Are these more stories better left unsaid? […] Let us keep hoping that I have happier local stories to come.” … More Local Stories #3 | Losing Hope. What Depression Lies Under A Heroin Smile?
“This week, in a new open letter to the government, Nutt and many other esteemed intellectuals from universities around the country, the latest proposed policy, the Psychoactive Substances Bill, is criticised…” … More Call for Regulation rather than Criminalisation
“Now it seems a question of when, not if, the UK will choose to review policy and there is already a wealth of information ready for MPs to review.” … More UK Drug Policy needs reviewing