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boychild at ARIKA 13

(A version of this piece was originally published at Glasgow Review of Books, under the title ‘ARIKA 2013: Confronting Us as Flesh‘.) With ARIKA‘s latest series of events the welcome transition from festival-as-celebration to festival-as-potential-interrogation continues to develop. The destination is an arts event at which all entertainment and aesthetics (though not enjoyment or representation) [...]

UKIP and the Fascist Tendency

UKIP are not welcome in any city, Scottish, Welsh, Irish or English. The reasons are clear. I’m glad Nigel Farage realized he wasn’t welcome. This will happen every time he tries to campaign in Scotland, and it is right that it does. Some don’t agree, so before we come to the problem of UKIP, we [...]

UKIP and Political Coding

“Only racists talk about immigration…”   Labour, like the ‘Cameroon’ Conservatives, are terrified of talking about immigration. They fear that any oxygen given to the subject will mix with the heady gases of prejudice and lead to the bad old days of Enoch Powell and the National Front. The nature of our political landscape over [...]

Notes From Arika 13: Episode 5

Last weekend in Glasgow ARIKA put on a range of events themed around the radical black arts tradition, under the title of Freedom is a Constant Struggle. It was good, and the best events were free. I’ve typed up some initial notes below, I’ll return to them all at some point in more detail. Participants: [...]