Man & The Echo front-man Gareth Roberts (who we spoke to in depth last month) has penned his reaction to the recent election results. The band, who signed to James Endeacott’s rejuvenated 1965 label last November, have also released their own take on British politics with the stand out track ‘Honeysucker’ (which you can stream below). But first his election day thoughts – and why we’ve got to keep on fighting.
So that’s that then. A frightened, divided nation has spoken and chosen to elect the government which promises no social progress as opposed to one that would have promised at least a glimmer of it. More food banks, more benefit sanctions, more tax breaks for the rich, more elitism, more prejudice, more privatisation of the health service and more fragmentation of the public sector.
All this stuff might not matter to you if you’re comfortable enough, if you’re a striver rather than a skiver. Congratulations to you then, for not caring about the world around you, for not caring about how we treat our most vulnerable and for not caring about what sort of country you live in as long as it looks after you and yours. I’ll never understand how anyone could want to live in such a place. A place where we continue to allow ourselves to be ruled by spineless, characterless aristocrats in the hope that we might get to be a bit like them.
We have the means for everyone in the country to have a comfortable existence but we don’t distribute things that way. I want that to change and I still believe it can, and that it should. We mustn’t give in to the elite, even though they seem so strong and we feel so weak today. If we want a fairer society, we’ve got to fight for it every day, in whatever way we can, in the hope that more people see our point of view.
Honeysucker, by Man & The Echo: