WATCH: Today New Zealand became the 14th country to bring in equal marriage. When the winning count was announced the gallery broke out into singing a traditional Maori love song. On the day that the UK celebrates a politician who legalised discrimination against LGBT people in schools, I choose not to watch her funeral and instead to watch this.
Translated lyrics: “I have written you a letter, and enclosed with it my ring. If your people should see it, then the trouble will begin… My poor pen is broken, my paper is spent, But my love for you endures, and remains forever more.”
GO: Give blood! In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings the American Red Cross were overwhelmed with donations of blood from local people to help the hundreds who had been injured. It reminded me that I haven’t given blood in four years having been prohibited for giving for a year after travelling to some weird places in Egypt. And that’s ridiculous because the need hasn’t gone down. So I’m making an appointment with the Edinburgh Blood Donor Centre for next week (I have a cold at the moment and they said I need to wait until it’s at the tail end).
DO: Sign up to Show Film First which offers free tickets to screenings of films and plays around the UK. We’re going to see Brian Friel’s Translations for free at the King’s in Edinburgh this evening. Free culture!
I doubt I need to go into much detail about why I dislike the Daily Mail. Yesterday seemed to hit another nadir. Six children were killed by their father. They were growing up in crowded poverty. Instead of mourning their deaths on the day their father and his wife were convicted of starting the fire which killed them, the Daily Mail dehumanised them with this front cover.
Not only do the Mail explicitly state that the evil act committed by Philpott came about because he was living on benefits, they dehumanise these children by stating that they were “bred” not born. I don’t know if I’m burning out but I just feel upset rather than anger. Those poor poor kids.
The campaign of hatred which the Mail is perpetrating against those on benefits and people legitimately seeking asylum or work in the UK has a long history. In case you or anyone you know is tempted to sympathise even a little bit with the Mail’s position, it’s worth looking at this clipping from 1938, and wondering how reporting of the Philpott children’s murder will be viewed in 80 years.
The Mail is a monstrous institution and all those who work for them (at significantly higher rates of pay than other newspapers) is implicit in this hatred.