Best of Enemies (Home) a documentary film on the series of televised debates in 1968 between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. The debates were on live TV at the Republican and Democratic conventions of that year. Both men represented (or were seen to represent) two sides of American life. Vidal was a commentator and author who believed that America was rapidly becoming a right wing society. Buckley believed Vidal was part of a left wing conspiracy to undermine the real America. But of course whilst they were exchanging intellectual blows nightly on live TV the real politics was going on outside with fighting between anti-war protestors and the police and army. Buckley and Vidal to me seemed to be talking in a language as far away from the USA of 68 as the Middle Ages. They didn’t just sound the same, they also looked very similar, with preppy hair cuts and clothes. Buckley did go on to become a kingmaker in the Republican Party, supporting Ronald Reagan’s rise to president. Vidal was famous for his books and novels, his commentary on modern day America, but never found a home in the political system. Best of Enemies does explain why the rightwing has dominated US politics for the last forty years. And I include Clinton and Obama in my analysis.
the first anniversary of the weekly picket at Ashton Job Centre. Poor people have been at the centre of the cuts since the “austerity” began. But some of the best campaigns have come out of this misery and Tameside against the Cuts is one of them. Each week they picket Ashton Job Centre, which is one of the first that trialled the notorious Universal Credit. TAC have been the witness to the way in which UC has destroyed peoples lives. It is not just about sanctioning benefits and depriving them of the basics to feed themselves but the wholesale persecution of some of the most vulnerable people in our community. TAC have not just listened to their stories but they have offered positive support through a weekly advice service at the local Ikea. Through her blog, The Poor Side of Life, Charlotte Hughes, one of the key members of the campaign, has publicised the stories she hears each week. It is grim reading but T ACoffers a network of support to people who are often living very isolated lives.
Join them this week Thursday 6 August from 1-3pm at Ashton Job Centre, 101 Old Street, Ashton-u-Lyne. It will be a celebration of how the poorest people can make a difference to their lives. And it will be fun with live music, singing speakers and food!
Assange: the untold story of an epic struggle for justice by John Pilger. You won’t find this in the media, particularly not the Guardian, nor on television. Read the article and find out why not…..see
At Machine Women, a celebration of the lives of women who have worked in industry in this country. From the cotton mills of Lancashire (where one of the artists’ gran worked) to today’s workplaces. One of our local heroines, Betty Tebbs, is featured, talking about her life at work in the paper mills. The project is ongoing and will include women in Chatham docks and the Luton hat trade.Further info see
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