Festival fans will be blown away as renowned folk/punk/protest singer Billy Bragg makes his Wickham debut. Known for his left-wing views and political activism, Billy’s lyrics deliver a punch as powerful as any of his speeches.
Songs such as Between the Wars and It Says Here seem as relevant today as they were when he recorded them but perhaps his best known tune is New England which was a top 10 hit for Kirsty MacColl. Since her premature death, he has always performed it with an extra verse in her honour.
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16 hours ago
Join me in east London this Saturday for a mass canvass of key constituencies. I’ll be in Ilford at 10am supporting Labour candidate Sam Tarry, then at 2pm I’ll be in Chingford helping Labour’s Faiza Shaheen in her campaign to defeat Ian Duncan Smith. I’ll be bringing my guitar and doing Woody’s work. ... See MoreSee Less
We came to see you last Saturday 😂 but delivered leaflets instead! Will be at Assembly Hall tomorrow night and so looking forward to it
Please come to Thurrock Billy! 🌹
Reading this, and suddenly Kirsty McColl's version of A New England starts to play on radio... It's a sign!
Important seat to win, and a great candidate in Faiza Shaheen 🌹🌹🌹
Great stuff Billy. Any chance of doing the same for John Cruddas in Dagenham and Rainham? His seat is marginal and I think Farage is going there to spread his hate at some point.
Just looking for a New England Billy? Good for you mate!!😘
Go well Mr B, may the Force be with you!
Glad to see you supporting Labour again after your dalliances elsewhere.
Can you make it to Chard, we have a Tory ,Marcus Fysh, Chard needs better, an active Labour MP ? Please?
Good on you Billy! Hope not hate. And the helping hand, not the iron fist <3 <3
Need you in Hallam Billy!
That's my man! Good work Uncle Bill!
Hood luck Billy try and convince the likes of Stuart Walsh who still believe in the the right wing press
Wearing badges is not enough in days like these but the revolution is just act shirt away
Are you going to stick to actual Labour Party policy on the EU?
You’re such a legend, a life long socialist 🙌
Wait. You're shaving off the beard somewhere between 10 am and 2 pm?
Billy Bragg Please come to Shipley and help get rid of Philip Davies
Get in Billy,wondered where red wedge had gone you lifted me,in Thatchers Britain.
John Crudas could certainly do with your help!
Sarita Niall Taylor shall we do this?
I’m game if you are.
22 hours ago
No surprise that the radical Labour manifesto has produced more accusations that Jeremy Corbyn wants to take Britain back to the 1970s. Such criticism masks neoliberal fears of a return to the collective values of the post-war consensus.
Take a look at this graph of house building in the UK since 1960. Up until 1980, local councils were building around 100,000 homes a year. This is significant, because Shelter estimate that, in order to address the housing crisis, 90,000 affordable homes for people on low incomes need to be built every year for the next 20 years.
The Labour manifesto pledges to build 100,000 affordable homes every year. That target was routine in the 60s and 70s. Shamefully, it was allowed to dwindle to also most zero by successive Tory and Labour governments in the following decades.
This is just one example of how Labour’s radical manifesto will prioritise the needs of the many over those of the few.
Graph from BBC News Channel 12.15pm today ... See MoreSee Less
I watched the Orwellian 1984 sycophantic audience launch of the Labour manifesto. Fortunately, I was watching it on the BBC and the moment Liz Truss attempted to evade Andrew Neill and then pillory Labour I realised that Labour were the party to support. Get more Tories on - you soon realise what a bunch of self serving nasty individuals Johnson leads.
Has anyone watched the "Power to the People" series on iplayer? It tells the story of red clydeside, but it also spans the decades when the unions and Labour where at their peak. Yes it was fantastic for a while, but it caused immense economic problems for the state. It was a real eye opener for me as I was just a kid when all the problems occurred in the 70s. This is the period that begot the Thatcher/Regan nightmare. This is why after a life of voting Labour, hoping for a return to those times, I now firmly believe that non of what we really want and need for a better life can be achieved within the capitalist system. It has to go and be replaced by true socialism. Join the movement Spgb.net
I was born in 1970, the 70s were great time to be a kid!
It is also noteworthy that the receipts from the sale of local authoritiy housing were not allowed to be used to replenish the stock of housing. We might speculate on the rationale of this policy, however you can probably work out why.
Well there were no food banks and demonisation of the sick and disabled in the 70s. Millions of Children were not going to school hungry and schools were not so short of money they closed on Fridays.
Saying and doing are two different things, these parties never deliver their promises, only fills their own pockets
100,000 "homes" Billy nowadays means a £400k rabbit hutch, no garden, no parking, no play areas, no families, no community, all those silly little add ons that to me made the 1970s halcyon days with hope for a better future
There is a lot of negative rhetoric about the 70s but I believe the gap between rich and poor was the smallest it has ever been then, and as a teenager I remember the acts against race and sex discrimination coming in and was filled with hope that the future would bring greater equality and social mobility, then in '79 Thatcher happened and the mood changed and I was no longer as hopeful.
I grew up in a post war council Semi. It was well built and had a nice garden. If that is what socialism looks like then sign me up.
I agree there is a need for a massive increase in social housing. I think local based Housing Associations are a great model - there are just not nearly enough associations and there is not nearly enough social housing being built. It is worth remembering that councils (because they have a range of responsibilities) often ran social housing really badly. Housing Associations only have a housing responsibility so tend to be a lot more focussed on a local level.
Billy we would love to have your support for our affordable housing scheme in Bridport www.smartcommunityprojects.org.uk/wattonvillage
Great job in Islington tonight, always a joy to hear you speak and perform.
Excellent manifesto. Vote Labour 🌹
Take England 'back' to the 1970s? As I remember it, a large proportion of the population didn't rely on foodbanks in the 1970s. Unlike now...
Back in the day when we had good old fashioned "boom and Bust" economy the developers used to up skirts and stop building on their landbanked land, most of the Labour shifted over to building extensions and the developers built social housing to keep themselves ticking over, that doesn't seem to have happened for many a year !
Take us back, I say, it had a lot more going for it than now!
Preferences changed with affluence - most wanted to buy their own home after the 1960s.
The Tories want to take us back to the 1950s, that's fine, let nationalise everything like the 1950s 😁
Labour is in charge in Wales. Last year they built 57 council houses. The house building programme is not far off 100% capacity at the moment. Where are the builders coming from??
Firstly, climate emergency. You can't keep building new houses without destroying wildlife habitats. Secondly, who is benefiting from new builds? They are often poorly made and owned by very rich construction companies.
So Labour promise to do something that previous Labour governments have not done but this is a stick to beat other parties with!
And deal with unoccupied property, held as an investment by absentee owners , 4000 in RBKC alone. Tenant it, tax it or take it.
We need to house people for sure. We need to free up unused but where r we gojng to build 100000 homes. We need to be very clever about this
Didn't Labour come to power in 1997 ??? Looking at the above graph they were the first to stop the council building ??
Hmmm...it doesn't matter what their manifesto says..I hope I might be wrong but labour's policy on Brexit will cost them any major gains...Brexit Party and Tories will see to that.
2 days ago
Alan Moore knows the score. The creator of V for Vendetta has revealed that he will be breaking the habit of a lifetime by participating in the general election. Read his reasons for voting Labour. ... See MoreSee Less
Got to love Alan! 😍
This is momentous. I have admired Alan Moore's works and his consistent principles. I welcome his participation in this election.
If people want to seriously overthrow the system they will have to by destabilising the banking system. This will then allow individuals to take power back themselves in their communities. Politics is a mess currently because of all the attention it receives. Destabilise the banks and you destabilise the whole system, everything no more politics and biased media. No more debt which aids those at the top to control those below.
Interesting. I live in Northampton and have pretty much come to the same conclusion this election.
Two of the people whose opinions I respect most in this world in one post. Cheers Billy, cheers Alan!
Hope this helps. Interesting that he implies that not voting would be passive support for the Tories. Might have been worth voting at other times in the last four decades then! Unless he means something else by that
"I have only voted once in 40 years" Well... there goes some respect for the guy.
Obviously living in a parallel universe to real one I live in, a dreamer who's never done a days graft in his life. Get real and smell the coffee!
Bought V for Vendetta when it first came out. Still have the first few issues. A character like Lewis Prothero is not entirely unimaginable now is it? Fair play to you Mr Moore.
If he and people like him had voted before maybe the country wouldn’t have got to where we are today. Always vote. If there’s nobody you feel you can vote for, stand yourself.
Lovely - now to capitalise on those words. .
sharing this so that my US friends can read it - while he is talking about the UK - much of what he said very much describes the "leader" here and the situation he is steering us towards.
I am disappointed to see that Alan Moore has only ever voted once before. Shame on all who do not exercise the privilege they have and vote. If none of the candidates warrant your vote then spoil the ballot paper. The returning officer announces the number of spoiled ballot papers. Imagine the headlines if the number of spoiled ballot papers is in the thousands. This will have a greater impact than just not bothering to vote at all. A larger number of spoiled ballot papers can't be ignored whereas as non attendance can. PLEASE EVERYONE REGISTER THEN GO AND VOTE
"The most encouraging set of proposals I've seen from any major British party" Scares the crap out of some people.
I have voted since 1975. 13 years of Blair. This bloke is talking Bxxxxxks. No proper politians since John Smith, Tony Benn, except Frank Field and Kate Hoey. Loved V for Vendetta by the way saw it at the cinema when first released.
Nice PWEI callback!
Thanks for sharing. If we're to believe what Jeremy Corbyn is saying about Boris selling off the last bastion of hope, our precious NHS, to privatised rich Americans, then without a doubt Labour has my vote.
By voting labour in this or any other election is committing future generations to the abyss of eternal debt and is only supported by those who think their children may be able to escape
I am not sure how you believe either Billy Bragg or Alan Moore. Bragg is a just trying to get a bit of publicity as his career is in the shitter and Moore is an anarchist who wants to destroy the system and who is so politically active he only voted once in 40 years!
I'm glad its not just me thinking that this country is heading towards a V for Vendetta scenario. I am sad that it has come to this at all
Lidia Pirroni From Alan Moore, great comic book writer.
Yes but will he disavow this letter if it’s adapted to a screenplay?
Better late than never I suppose - but which fantasy have you been living in for the last forty years Alan Moore? Espousing anarchy does not excuse you from responsibility for what happens out there in the real world!
I love that Billy Bragg just quoted PWEI
Alan Moore knows the score.. a wonderstuff line? Can you dig it? Ah my past !