Saturday, February 20, 2010

Drinking and rambling with Carey Davies

A week ago I reported the arrival of Carey Davies in Pig Island, via a circuitous route that included the paddy fields and discos of Indochina and the Bohemian inner cities of Australia. Carey, a member of the new-look, anti-Stalinist Communist Party of Great Britain, studied EP Thompson at Sheffield University before becoming a journalist and singer-songwriter. He may have succeeded in putting some distance between himself and his colleagues on Britain's fractious far left, but he has not been able to shake off some of his more polemical detractors, as the comments box under my last post shows.

Late last Wednesday night, in the aftermath of several frenetic games of badminton, a few of bottles of cider, and a viewing of the classic '70s sci fi epic Zardoz - imagine Sean Connery in a red jockstrap playing Zed the Destroyer - I submitted Carey to an interview which rambled across subjects as different as far left acronyms, the role of drugs in politics, the role of the Iraq war in politicising Britain's young people, a jam session with a member of Kiwi rock royalty in a Communist Party flat, the solo work of John Lennon, the solo writings of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, and the post-industrial wonderland that is twenty-first century Sheffield. You can listen to the interview, which I've broken into two parts, here. (Skip that first part if you want to avoid a tenderly mocking discussion of the alphabet soup of acronyms which constitutes the British far left.)


Anonymous said...


1:36 am  
Blogger AHD said...

I, personally, was shocked to hear that Sachin Tendulkar wasn't involved in the walkout over the Iraq War. If anyone could 'cut' through the swathe of propaganda it'd be him.

2:29 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carey Davies doesn't even mention the SPGB, the only genuine socialist party in Britain. Oh but we know he's obsessed with us! Just look at his comments elsewhere!

LOL. Drinking and politics don't mix. We wouldn't want a drunken lout like Carey in our party anyway.

2:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"kiwi rock royalty"? well, that makes an anti-imperialist change from "kiwi rock mafia"... long live Powertool.

8:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPGB-PCC Central Committee message to Carey Davies:

Stay off the turps when microphones are near, phone immediately for instructions, sell more copies of the Weekly Worker!


8:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

far is that last mssg genuine eh?

10:16 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gotta look out for these commies eh

10:16 am  

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