God save the queen

God save the queen cos tourists are money
And our figurehead is not what she seems
Oh God save history, God save your mad parade
Oh lord God have mercy all crimes are paid

When there’s no future how can there be sin
We’re the flowers in the dustbin
We’re the poison in your human machine
We’re the future your future

God save the queen we mean it man
There is no future in England’s dreaming

No future for you no future for me
No future no future for you

Let’s nor beat around the burning bush, if EMI wants to save their plummeting share price, (alas time is running out) opportunism suggests they re-release the anthems of my youth.

From Pretty Vacant to God Save The Queen, the lyrics seem sadly relevant as an anthem for the marauding heard rampaging as recreational looters. Gobbing punks bizarrely possessed a greater morality than the street thugs of 2011. But they share a rejection of class and privilege.

Armed with weaponised technology, mobile phones use group messaging systems like the Gutenberg press. We are seeing a set of influential events that are revolutionizing the way people perceive Brand Britain. Mobile comms have ushered in a more lethal herding mechanism. The rampant violence is etched on and off line in blood and fire. Thugs adorned in the branded leisure wear like heroic urban rappers are poisoning decent values. Sadly the younger brothers and sisters deify their sick and wanton actions.

Over the decades the lack of discipline in the classroom has fostered this pursuit of violence. There are no heroes at home or in authority. Civil society has failed to PR the values of right, wrong and public service. Cut back and the Olympic Towers of corporate Babylon miss the kids on the street.

Behind the plummeting standards of behaviour in the classroom and the lack of respect for authority among young people, the looting and rioting of the last few days proves this powder keg was set to blow. As volatile as nitro glycerine, a generation devoid of a moral compass has been ready to evoke anarchy.

Hypnotised by consumer porn, symbols of reality entertainment, toxic celebrity and derelict and morally corrupt footballing icons, their lifestyles are sought via smash and grab. Politicians of every hue seem oblivious to the reality of the age. Safe bourgeois chatter clashes failed to read the graffiti on the wall . How many published reports that consider the legacy of fewer children living without both parents do we have to ignore? It seems you really don’t need a parent when you’ve got a Xbox.

Ludicrous as it seems there is no plan to deal with the negative image of Broken Brand Britain. The inevitable is happening and like so many brand institutions that suffered at the hands of a PR meltdown, Brand UK is now in the same swill bucket as other busted brand. The tragic and horrible rioting hoard exposed the Government and Mayor of London as inefficient, naive and unprepared.

David Cameron was applying sun tan lotion in his holiday home, while the inner cities burned. Perhaps he should have spent less time on his personal PR messaging and come straight back on the first Hercules to Brize Norton to take control. The vacuum was filled by the baying mob and images of burning streets. The Met has been ineffectually pussy footing due to its brand’s recent PR failings.

Its inability to play hard ball was a result of no clear leadership from the Prime minister. What has our government learnt about the various global PR meltdowns? Toyota, News Int and BP were all ground down due to sluggish and unprepared reaction. The test is on to see how the government PRs us out of this disaster.

3 Responses to “God save the queen”

  • David Lazzaar:

    Well said . A good advertisment for a PR man who speaks for the people to sell more spin that leads to different answers in shorter soundbite from whoever is willing to pay the bills for the being this week’s guru on whatever
    Keep up the great work. Always on your side – whichever it is that day

  • Matt:

    I have spent the past 15 years trying to help the environment. Despite plenty of warm words very, very few people or organisations have done what they could to help society or the environment and this has allowed the blinkered pursuit of short-term wealth to become endemic.

    Sadly, in many cases I’ve witnessed good people giving up on doing what is right and allowing what is wrong to happen… in part because “the system” is so ambivalent about human beings or anything else that is complicated, and will jump on anyone who gives a shit.

    This amoral, passivity makes my blood boil, especially when I watch the government build air craft carriers that it doesn’t want or need.

    It wouldn’t cost a fortune to change society for the better, but it would require a change of mindset. In particular we need to care for others, to support those who need help and to be ambitious about the world we want to live in and create.

  • God Save the Queen” is a song by the English punk rock band The Sex Pistols. It was released as the band’s second single and was featured on their only album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. The song was released during Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. The record’s lyrics, as well as the cover, were controversial at the time, and both the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority refused to play the song.

    The song reached number one on the NME charts in the United Kingdom, but only made it to #2 on the official UK Singles Chart as used by the BBC. This led to accusations by some that the charts had been “fixed” to prevent the song from reaching number one.[1] In March 2001, the BBC wrote that the single “reached number one in the UK in 1977 despite being banned by the BBC

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