26 April 2008

Martin Parr on British Politics

Photograph of Martin Parr (right) being photographed at book
signing, Edinburgh, August 2005. Photograph © Peter Stubbs.


I've never been terribly interested in Martin Parr or his work. Indeed, I doubt you could find more than a passing mention of him here in the time I've been keeping the blog. But here is an illuminating little essay Parr wrote for The Guardian today.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats "illuminating" about it?

Ah, I see: any Left wing murmuring is, for you, automatically that. Stupid bigot.

27 April, 2008 15:44  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

ANON,

What is interesting about the little essay is that it shows that Parr is (1) more attuned to politics than one might suspect from his work and (2) able to do something that you cannot - entertain more than one thought at the same time. He can both agree with Scargill's political diagnosis of Thatcher's effort to subvert Labor constituencies and see that some of the economic modernization Thatcher imposed has proven beneficial (if at more of a cost than she was willing to acknowledge).

But all that is more or less to repeat what Parr wrote. Are you really too thick to read and comprehend so simple an essay? Sorry, we don't need to tread that well worn path again. Of course you are that thick!

27 April, 2008 17:03  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Well gang, Our anonymous idiot has returned. I thought I'd just reject this comment, but then changed my mind. Here is how he replied to the above:

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"He can both agree with Scargill's political diagnosis of Thatcher's effort to subvert Labor constituencies and see that some of the economic modernization Thatcher imposed has proven beneficial"

I can do that as well, bigot. Can you? - I very much doubt it.

Its not about he wrote - this concerns what you said about it, fool.


So, having explained that I found Parr's comments interesting because of the two points I mentioned, anon cannot figure out that perhaps I too share that view. So he calls me a fool and a bigot.

I guess that I would say I agree with the importance of making political economic arrangements more efficient, but that one should approach the task without the coercion and manipulation that Thatcher used.


PSIf any of you out there is a friend of anon, get him some help.

28 April, 2008 17:03  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Again, I nearly deleted this missive from Anon.; but I can nearly feel the spit spraying on to me as he sputters this venom:

"PS: go fuck yourself smug Lefty bigot boy.

I can see why your ex wife got the fuck rid of you."


Articulate, astute, concise, and on point, as always.

Anon, if you ever had friends, I am sure they have found this sort of outburst especially endearing! If you get this worked up by reading my posts and comments you might just try going away forever. No one would miss you. Oh, sorry, that really does sound "smug" doesn't it.

Too bad.

29 April, 2008 22:38  

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