Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Milton Keynes Communists

I was over at A Very Public Socialist and Phil BC was blogging about socialist blogs that we may have missed, turning us on to new voices and whatnot. So I read through the post and my eye was immediately caught by a blog, wonderfully entitled: Milton Keynes Communists.

I don't know what it was, perhaps the juxtaposition of a big idea like Communism and the epitome of averageness, middle of the road and middle-class Britain in Milton Keynes (a town that would be a city) but I started to laugh uncontrollably.

My mind turned to Citizen Smith, a wonderful British sitcom about a young Trotskyist, living in the suburbs who attempts to lead a bunch of fellow urban revolutionaries, who are in reality are a small and ineffectual group of his pals, towards a South London version of the Cuban Revolution.

I imagined the Communists of Milton Keynes gathering on one of the many roundabouts the town is blessed with and having a meeting, or handing out flyers at the monolithic train station; indeed, Milton Keynes' architecture is a bit Communist so perhaps it makes sense their seems to be an enclave of Communism there.

I immediately felt bad for laughing and so investigated their website.

I found phrases such as "scams, yogurts and loopholes"; "left deformity" and "terminally sick moralistic campaign" as well as the slightly alarming idea of a Communist University.

I have no doubt that they are a good bunch of people with many values I share, I also have no doubt that Milton Keynes Communists would make for a great sitcom.


  1. WTF?

    Hey, maybe instead of banning the loonies, you should get some advertising, then bait them more, and everytime they come to your site you'll make like a tenth of a cent or something.
    That'll show 'em.

  2. Power to the people!

    Citizen Smith had an effect on this leftie when he was young, so much so that my grandmother (who was politically somewhere left of Lenin) used to bait me and say I was a Trotsky and I'd end up sleeping in a cardboard box near the Embankment.

    I'll probably end up there yet, but not due to my political leanings.

    However, I am still working on the theory that you start off left and gradually move towards the right with age and experience (ie, after you've been shafted by the system and paid taxes). But the far right and far left aren't that dissimilar when it comes to the crunch. "What do YOU know of the crunch?"

    Hmmm...more loonies. Yeah, definitely needs more loonies...

  3. Dave:

    The madness will eventually die but these people are fucknuts, they should pay me for the therapy I give them.


    I knew you'd be into it!

  4. Wow, you got rid of the troll I responded to, and another one (I'm sure it's someone else) pops in. Nasty. Or 12 years old, I cant decide.
    I dont think your moderation thingy is working.

  5. Yep, my comment went straight onto the blog.

  6. Thanks Dave, your support and kindness is much appreciated with these simple minded sods.

  7. The thing about Citizen Smith was that it really wasn't that funny.

    Unfortunately, if you are of a socialist persuasion, you can't actually say that because it opens you up to the accusation of being humourless. It's a catch-22 scenario, and no mistake.

    Now, Life of Brian: that is a funny piss-take of the left and all who sail her.

  8. Citizen Smith not funny??? I take issue with that statement. For Wolfie begat Del Boy and Del Boy begat Vince and Penny and Vince and Penny begat Boycie and Marlene going solo. This is a fine British comedy heritage you are undermining.

    Again it is a class thing. People sneer at Citizen Smith because it is aimed at the working classes while the Pythons were mined from the upper-middle class elite. I would happily wager my favorite testes that there are more unfunny episodes of Python than funny ones. The thing is that they only broadcast the popular ones and tend to bury the series where even Cleese pissed off because it was sooooo bad.

    You plonker, Rodney!

  9. The other Darren,

    It's not a class thing at all. Steptoe and Son . . . . Likely Lads . . . Alf Garnett .. . . Porridge . . . . Rising Damp ring any bells? All class comedies rooted in and aimed at working class life.

    Citizen Smith genuinely wasn't that funny. Maybe Sullivan was finding his feet? I remember seeing a rerun of the first series of Fools and Horses and it has to be said that it didn't start off that strongly. It may be heresy to say it in these parts but the Fools and Horses we all know and love took a while to find its feet.

    I was a bit too young for Python, so only caught up with it in the reruns and I was never that big a fan but it has to be said that Life of Brian is brilliant.

    I've sat through those political meetings that they so effortlessly rip the piss out of. At a push I'd have to say that I'm one of life's Regs when it comes to lefty politics. (Some may get that reference. Most won't.)

  10. To chip in between the two Darrens, Citizen Smith was funny but clearly not everyone agrees.

    Just to be claer, there is no definitive answer to that question as it is a matter of opinion.

    For the record, I do not like Fools & Horses but do like Monty Python.


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