We’re vegetarians, not arseholes.

You know what’s really infuriating; the extreme vegans and vegetarians attacking people who eat meat but are doing their bit for animal rights. In the newest breach of animal rights which has seen Cecil the Lion unfortunately trophy hunted by Walter Palmer an American dentist, English comedian, Ricky Gervais has spoken up and used his fame for a worthwhile cause.

The issue is, Vegetarians and Vegans everywhere don’t like this. Why? Because Ricky Gervais eats meat. Seriously? This massive celebrity is doing his bit for a cause you truly believe in, gathering genuine followers and propelling it into the mainstream – something which has never really been done – and you’re complaining about it because he eats meat.

Now, don’t get me wrong I get that it is somewhat hypocritical for someone who eats meat to point the finger. But it doesn’t make his point obsolete. Trophy hunting is an awful sport, the fact that humans hunt animals for nothing other than for the pleasure of it is not only cruel but it’s also just a bit weird. Like why would you want to do that? The weirdest part is, those animals that are hunted down are sedated days earlier to make it easier – so really there is no point. Other than to fill your own head with false pretences of how dominant you really are.

This, like Fox Hunting, has been going on for years. Fortunately one of them is banned. With all things there is a natural opposite and that would be the likes of Vegetarians and Vegans protesting against this form of hunting with the use of the organisation PETA. But most of the time it’s to no avail. Now though there is a genuinely big personality spearheading our cause and you want to shoot him down.

The ironic thing is, he’s not even campaigning against eating meat, he’s campaigning against trophy hunting. Trophy hunting. I’m not saying that he is doing this to help us: he’s doing it for a genuine cause, our cause. Being vegetarian doesn’t give any of us the right to shoot down anyone who is a meat eater. If people join our cause, cool. If not, then if they’re helping us, what’s the problem?

Obviously we would all like to live in a world of vegetarians so that the wonderful species that live among us could live in peace. But we don’t, eating meat doesn’t make someone evil, it just means they have chosen a different lifestyle than us, something we don’t have any control over.

Ricky Gervais being a meat eater doesn’t make his point obsolete, it makes it hypocritical at most. We’re vegetarians, not arseholes.

Owen Jones – The Establishment

After reading David Mitchell’s latest book I decided to turn my focus to something a little heavier and having found that Mitchell’s satirical humour had wet my appetite for expanding my interest in politics I decided that The Establishment by Owen Jones would be a good choice.

I had bought the book a while back from a shop on Brick Lane and had attempted to read it twice before but struggled to properly get a grasp of the book. This was through no fault of Jones’ writing but my lack of attention span and to be quite frank knowledge on the subject.

That all being said I found the best approach would be to tackle it head on and start by doing it chapter by chapter, day by day, so that I could get a proper hold of what Jones was truly trying to convey. My own persistence and patience with the text, as well as myself, paid off.

Something that is done very well in this book is Jones’ way of taking a very complex issue and taking it completely apart so that even readers like myself can too create an understanding of the issues within modern day politics.

The idea itself of there being an “Establishment” isn’t too far from one that I was brought up with myself, but what this book does is take it from being an idea and makes it a fact. With the facts presented in front of you as plain as day, it is genuinely hard not to get progressively angry at society.

As a left-leaning writer, people often assume that by reading, consuming and digesting his work will result in you being brainwashed with left-wing propaganda. But this book is different, he does mostly comment on how the right/ far-right/ elite work together to rig society and reap the rewards but it is weighted and he does show some of the major drawbacks of new labour.

After reading The Establishment, I would say I am more aware of the drawbacks in society, but I am also very angry. There is no control from below the elite to over throw, all we have to hold on to is the opportunity to protest. Saddening as it is, the conclusion of The Establishment makes it clear that we are not all alone.

“House Every Weekend”

I often wonder what it is that makes house music so popular amongst the generation of teens of which I am part of. Thankfully for my mother, I do not let myself indulge in such an aggressively growing drug fuelled culture. But with the legacy of the hacienda well and truly behind British pop culture why is it now that it has spawned in the southern regions and became the least respectable “scene” amongst all the other naff “scenes” in modern music?

Where did it all begin? With the meteoric rise of the two brothers that make the house music duo Disclosure, the scene formed an alliance with almost every English teenager. After this, the shallow record label executives that are currently the strong staples in the music industry spotted somewhere that they could make money and decided to exploit it.

This then manifested into almost every single club having their dingy basement room rented out to the local house DJ so everyone and their mum could enjoy a line of MDMA and get sweaty with their friends. But my point isn’t actually against house music, for the most part I like it. Some of it sounds the same, though.

My point is, why is it that everyone who actively listens to it is almost all of the time a twat? Why have they got so much bravado? The scene itself has as much longevity in it as one of them stupid vines of someone “vaping”. I mean where is the individuality amongst the male demographic of listeners? You step into a club now and you will be overthrown by the ridiculous amount of 90s shell suits and well to be quite frank drug sweats.

Why do they all wear snap backs backwards?.. Inside? Hats, particularly, are an outdoor accessory and you see that flap at the front? Believe it or not that’s meant to keep the sun out of your eyes! Fancy that! I watched a Steve Jobs biopic once where Ashton Kutcher, as part of the role, wore a pair of New Balances, these shoes were once at some point or another related to a visionary, a genius, someone who completely changed the way the world thought. Now, they’re associated with some sport science studying, shuffling wanker whose biggest hero are the club promoters who stand in the freezing cold to earn a minimum wage.

What’s surprising is that clubs with absolutely no regard for anything other than making a profit allow this to happen; these clubs are more than aware of what’s going on but allow it to happen in the name of money – which just exacerbates the issue. Maybe they’re all up their own arse because they can get away with it?

Is house music cool? Probably not. I challenge anyone to go and stand in the middle of one of these dance-floors and spot the difference in songs. They’re all the same. This scene is a flash in the pan. Stop getting so excited.

Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse could actually be worse

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As far as my career as a reader goes, well it doesn’t, I do enjoy a good comical read. As I was looking to take a break from my current read of Lorrie Moore’s wonderfully comical and dark collection of short stories in Bark I decided I needed something satirical, human and incredibly witty.

The book opens with a brief summation of the current state of the UK from the financial issues through to the current government and how they are, to be quite frank, a shower of shite.

The book picks all the “worst” things in the country and pulls them apart to affirm the fact that thinking about does only make it worse. The way Mitchell makes a mockery of even the smallest of details of pop culture itself is fascinating.

Something that will particularly resonate with the reader is how human it all is. The way in which Mitchell will express some fairly complex political issues but dumbs them down for even the dimmest of readers is almost impeccable.

The closing paragraphs even offer a jest about how books are often made so the author can sell more of their original trade as he jokingly puts “Maybe I should have talked about the Peep Show more.” That being said, during his rants it’s hard not to hear the voice of his beloved character Mark Corrigan whilst he makes his points clear in his own sarcastic way.

Mitchell’s intellect also means that whilst reading his book you will learn a few things, often about economics, sometimes about the monarch, but mostly about History and some of the bitesize facts he will throw in for good measure. Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse is perfect for the every day Private Eye reader; it’s the perfectly weighted and easily digestible snippets of writing that makes it not only an easy read but something worthwhile.