Jo Faith, Newtown.
Prompted by Hans Lovejoy’s excellent editorial last week, where he asks ‘Who runs council? I am prompted to respond. Could it be the corporations that have invested in Byron?
It must be very hard for democratically elected councillors to carry this burden of duplicity. A wish to democratically address the will of the people whilst having to implement, at the same time, the authoritarian dictates of modern corporations. It would appear that the staff have been socialised into this new social structure but the populace have not as yet recognised the structural forces that aid this new authoritarian socialisation. They are aware, no doubt, of the demise of democracy.
A monument is required! Thus, the recent Byron Folly, now christened The Big Dick. I congratulate Jan Hackett for her principled stance addressing the democratic process. The erection (’scuse the pun) of this artistic curiosity prompted in me several phallic responses. Could it be this phallic structure had to come to Byron to remind the community how they have been well and truly ‘rogered’ by corporate dictates?
Maybe for this reason it should stay as a constant reminder. On the other hand, let’s be positive. Byron could remedy same by returning to medieval practices. At Easter/Christmas time it could have lots of Easter eggs and presents for the little children, the homeless, the single-mothers, the struggling artists, the hungry musicians and writers and struggling families, indeed all social outcasts would be welcome.
According to the season the community could add to the silver birdies, little crucifixes or angels. There would be an embargo on cars! Lovely free form Byron dancing, naked of course, could occur. A quasi/corporate/Pagan event folks. The local tourist market would thrive and folks could convince themselves that community had returned. Enlightenment!
Just sharing non-censored thoughts.