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GUEST,pete John Tams asks Bellowhead about politics (125* d) RE: John Tams asks Bellowhead about politics 06 Sep 11

Wow – what a litany of woes, I'd no idea that we were responsible for all that! Although I did catch Benji out fracking behind the tour bus the other night. Sorry everyone for single-handedly causing the downfall of mankind…

The thing about somewhat-aggressive, rambling political rants such as Lizzie's above is that I always suspect that they say way more about the ranter than about the state of the world. The fact that the point, if you can call it one, is hammered out in THE most HECTORING terms POSSIBLE WITH arbitrary capitaliSATION all over the PLACE, is a clue. The world is full of people shouting, and it's very easy and convenient to hide plain old boring self-obsession and self-interest behind a political agenda. And the more of a litany of doom you make it, the more effective you will be at bullying anyone with a conscience into listening to your voice. Megalomania's a pretty dodgy foundation for positive change in the world, I'd say.

Lizzie, your harangues are divisive – I can't believe that you further any of the causes you espouse with your woolly streams of consciousness. Grow yourself a pair of humilities - just do that clicky thing on the avaaz website and share it on fb like the rest of us do, and spare us your self righteousness.

Music, on the other hand, is very good at bringing people together. And it's often at its best when that's all we ask of it, particularly when so much else in the world casts us asunder. Make it a matter of, like, your opinion maan, and we're back dividing people. Faced with differences of opinion, I'd rather find common ground than do battle – I think you stand more chance of change that way. Subtle change, yes, but vital and precious nonetheless.

And on one level at least this argument is utterly bizarre – that music, which many believe was born out of the necessity for a form of emotionally potent non-verbal communication, should be derided for not containing the right words – is it only me that finds this entire premise monumentally stupid?

As for bellowhead – we probably could be more political, within our (politically-inspired) remit. But we're a collective, so we'll have to vote on that and get back to you.

We probably could sing more political songs, beyond the ones we sing that Lizzie doesn't know about because she doesn't like our music.

And we probably could support more causes, and while I'm on the subject, get involved in the Water Aid Big National Ceilidh on Oct 15th – it'll be a great deal more fun than being shouted at by Lizzie Cornish ☺

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