Friday Night is Music Night!

And here is a little song fom Christy Moore in 1979, after Woody Guthrie. It's about Mexican deportees being removed from the USA after working, and is as good as Bruce Springsteen's Matamoros Banks.

It has some sentimental importance for me since my mother used to roll the windows up in her little mini and play a mix of Irish nationalism and social populism as she drove us to mass. I'd see the burped green landscape of the Welland valley as we drove into Corby and know that she and her family had come here because Donegal had no work and the fields of northamptonshire were a little like those of the Ireland that used to break hearts before the Celtic tiger.

I think Tom Tancredo and the Republican field might be asked to sit and listen to this, though as I wrote a while ago the main fault line in the present American election seems to be how aware the candidates are of working class people. Obama, Paul, Huckabee, Kucinich and even Giuliani get that because in one way or another they experienced hard work and all the complicated emotions that come from seeing the way the world is when others are coddled and raised safe.

While I'm on the subject, here's a link to a story connected with the admirable Sutton Trust, which notes that the UK is one of the hardest countries in the world for any sort of social mobility to take place at all. Perhaps that is why nonsense middle class hypocrisy, media nepotism and cheery disregard for any sense dominate the place. May the God they don't believe in because there's no percentage in him help us.


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