Foreword by Alf:
When I wrote New Generation in 1986, Margaret Thatcher was at her most powerful. She'd sent British troops off to conquer the Argentinian reclamation of the the Malvinos Islands (known by British Imperialists as The Falklands) in 1982 and there was no stopping the bitch.
During the years leading up to 1986, Thatcher had been resposible for God knows how many acts of evil against working class people in Britain. Riots had erupted in Brixton and across the country in 1981 and tens of thousands lost their jobs in mining communities across the land due to pit closures. A total of 97 pits were closed and the country was, as many a political commentator would say, the closest it had come to civil war in over 400 years.
New Generation – 1986
There's a New Generation, on the streets
And there's no compensation, for promises you couldn't keep
We're not flying in the face of the law, we're not talking anarchy
But we've had enough of the lies we've got to bring you to your feet
Lest we forget the damage done by the last Tory government, and you will surely live to regret it if you ticked that Tory box in May 2015.
Thatcher also instigated what is now commonly known as the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and took to selling off the family silver to big business with scant regard for the rightful shareholders (the British taxpayers) of such companies as British Gas, British Airways and The National Bus Company. The country was still rioting some 9 years after the Brixton Riots when Thatcher brought in the dreaded Poll Tax, which would eventually prove to be her downfall.
It is heartwarming to see young people from around the world rioting in the streets against the major fuck-ups and crimes caused by their respective governments, not just in the UK. But most of all, look how long it took before the riots ensued once again; just months after the Tory/Lib Dem alliance took control of the country.
All respect to the New Generation in their quest for justice.