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September 05, 2006

Monkeys Schmonkeys

I’m still not feeling the Arctic Monkeys. They might have won the Mercury Prize, but I still feel an in-built aversion to them.

Something about them doesn’t seem very original to me. Ignore the lyrics and everything else could have been written 20-30 years ago. The only thing they seem to have going for them is that they’re young. Well good on ‘em, but in my humble opinion kids that age ought to be a bit more creative.

Arctic MonkeysAll of the reasons given for their win this evening could have been translated (without much effort) into “They’re the band who’ve had the most hype”, which for me isn’t a good reason.

I know I’m gonna get random Google-oriented abuse from 12-year-olds (and probably plenty from the more cultured reader of my blog), but I’m still not won over by their music. Sorry.


P.S. Since you ask, Thom Yorke, Guillemots or perhaps Hot Chip should have won.

Blair is Finished

Let’s take a look at the evidence…

  • 17 Labour MPs have signed a letter asking him to resign.
  • A leaked memo details Blair’s “Farewell Tour”, indicating all he cares about now is his legacy.
  • BBC News 24 and Sky News can’t find a Labour backbencher who will support Blair.
  • David Miliband is backtracking on statements made at the weekend.
  • No-one’s paying any attention to Blair’s policy statements that he’s making today.
  • There are rumoured to be two more letters in circulation calling for Blair to go sooner rather than later.

Tony, when it became clear that you were more interested in changing the history books than in changing the country, you lost all the support you’ve ever had.

He might stay in power for a few more months, but as Michael Brown of the Independent has just said on BBC News 24:

What was a ‘lame duck’ Premiership has just become a ‘dead duck’ Premiership

Woss goin' on?

Friday: Tony Blair says he’s not going to announce a timetable for his departure, telling his party to stop “obsessing” about it.

Tuesday morning: David Miliband (one of Blair’s few close allies) says Blair will go in about twelve months time.

I think we have to assume that Miliband didn’t blurt this out by accident, so what’s Tony and Co. playing at?

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