Here’s the thing.

It’s been a week of trying to fix and maintain guitars and P.A. kit.  Not my favourite way to spend my time but a necessity in my game.  The mood of frustration instilled by one too many loose earth connections was not exactly helped by the outcome of the U.S. election.

While grimly working my way through report after report of a wave of hate crimes Stateside following Trump’s victory, I’ve seen the odd comment here and there from Trump voters saying it’s not fair that they’re being labelled as bigots. They voted based on what they believed was right, blah blah blah. Same thing happened after Brexit. At least a couple of long posts circulated on Facebook from pro-Brexit voters protesting that their vote had been founded on solid reasoning. It was, they believed, desperately unfair to judge them racist and right-wing just because so many other Brexit voters were exactly that.

Here’s the thing though. If you so carefully considered your vote, you must have known that you were at least nominally aligning yourself with some very dodgy elements. It should hardly be a surprise, then,  that you might find yourself having to clarify your reasoning.  After all,  no matter how moderate the slogan on your placard, if you are seen waving it amongst all the cunts at a cunt parade, it’s hardly a stretch for the casual observer to take you for a cunt.

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