Pick of the Political Pops: Phil Ochs “I Ain’t Marching Anymore”

This week saw the “celebrations” (?) or “commemorations” (?) of one hundred years since the end of the World War One. Obviously the big talking point was that Red Jez wore the wrong sort of coat or had on the wrong sized poppy at The Cenotaph. The unspeakable rogue. The fact that he is a life long pacifist is just beyond the pale – should he, in fact, even have been there at all? We gathered in The Bunker at Americana-UK Towers in order to watch the Peter Jackson film ‘They Shall Not Grow Old” which affected us all deeply. Particularly telling was the segment towards the end in which ex-soldiers reminded us that on their return nobody actually cared what they had done. They couldn’t get jobs and were actively discriminated against. It’s a funny old thing war. Maybe we just shouldn’t do it…

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