An Erratic Orbit

A bipolar perspective on the 3rd planet


July 2016

Breaking a bug on a wheel

Warning. Contains  trolls, misogyny, death threats, verbal abuse, spiders, Morrissey. 

When I was a kid I watched a lot of B movies. One scene from one movie stuck in my mind. 

“Why don’t you show yourselves?” is the challenge from a human. 

A spider scuttles by. Instinctively, the human squashes it with his foot. 

“Why did you kill that creature?” asks the disembodied voice of the alien. 

They engage in a thoughtful dialogue about disgust and otherness. Hell is the other. 

“You would find us just as strange. You would fear our form. That is why we remain hidden.”

There is a moral duty some may recognise. It is the duty to investigate, not to reject. To understand, not to revile. To take on our superficial instincts. It is a collective moral duty. The only punishment for failure falls upon the human race. 

A socially inept 25 year old white male, effectively a recluse. I think it is uncontroversial to say that such a person requires help. What is his personality disorder? Is he on the autism spectrum? 

The isolated 25 year old sends out vile abuse and  death threats to a campaigning feminist and a female MP using the only power he has. He has the internet and he has his maleness. 

The feminist campaigner suffers especially greatly. The pressure of the verbal abuse and threats she receives is traumatic. 

The troll goes to jail. Socially inept, reclusive. What “friends” does he make? 

He comes out of prison. He now feels he belongs, he has friends… those friends are neo-nazis. Are you surprised? Was it his duty to resist? Is it not our duty to make sure he wasn’t put there to begin with? Are we going to throw him back? 

He is now 28. He sends out more vile abuse. Again to a female MP. He is arrested and many are glad.

I am not glad. No-one has been helped here. There is no efficiency in any respect in the process. All that happens is that the status quo is preserved. The materially powerful have their power reinforced. The whole thing not only perpetuates but drives inequality. 

His name is John Nimmo. Who cares about this bug? 

“White males have all the power”. A million times no. Some white males have most of the power. Being white and male are privileges, great social advantages, but it is only the  superficial, the prejudiced, would think those traits outweigh the disadvantages of being a bug, squashable, an “example”, maladjusted, unloveable. 



How To Deal With A Crisis


When the dream guides the future, it is a VISION

a simple daisy


“To see a World in a grain of sand,

And a Heaven in a wild flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,

And Eternity in an hour”

– William Blake. 

In this moment are all moments. 

Alice, in wonderland

Dear Alice, 

Art is a mirror.

People are art. 

Through mirrors we connect to other worlds. 

Across the universe,

The connected civilisations, those who have survived their post-industrial crisis, might have a common myth. A story of microcosms and mirrors. 

I can’t be certain. I might be making it up.


They will bring their problems to your door 

You will awake 

The crisis is before you


If you are calm

if you are compassionate

if you understand your limitations

If you do not fear them

If you do not  ignore them

If you are neither lost nor certain 

If you have a mirror

If you see the flaws

If you recognise your stigma

If you recognise your incompleteness

If you see the motes 

If you watch them dance

If you see yourself

Almost nothing



Then you understand



Power flows through mirrors 

The dirty mirror gathers dust

Let magic flow



Reach out 

Make the call(s)

Repeat the MANTRA and wait. 


Is this typical of my negative thinking style?
Am I overthinking things? 


Help comes 

“Out of the blue”

Loose thoughts on modernisation of The Labour Party 

​Fear of the 70s & 80s when I feel the cultural moment we will obviously revisit is the 60s. Did you catch Jeremy Corbyn’s Bob Dylan reference on The Andrew Marr show? 

I know going back 25 years a musician and a writer, two brothers,  on one side of the rift and a Local Govt thinker, manager  & political commentator on the other. Perhaps too late for anyone to stop the Labour Party splitting but our connections all the more vital for it. My mind goes back to LSD and a treasure hunt in 1991. Our mini sixties revival. I think the next one will be bigger: a new politics with deeper exploration into the psyche and culture, deeper into our myths. Stronger narratives, better connections to the culture of the public.  That to me seems the only progressive hope. 

That may all seem oblique but it is that looseness, the mind slowing up  but focused politically, beyond the automatic, beyond the dry and the groove, that we need to bring us together and reach out – through culture –  across generations and transform the pomp of our  political spaces into more welcoming places. 

Doesn’t Chilcot suggest that a Magritte might be as apt a painting in the chambers where decisions are made as austere portraits and echoes of an imperial tradition? 

Seems to me our political selves and our cultural selves are too divided still and for a lot of us that means letting go rather than holding on so tightly we find there’s nothing in our hand. 

This is a treasure hunt.


Interpretation & Understanding

Imagine division to a new order meant you were a protest singer. I can laugh about antichrist now, relax and let your mind float on down the stream… It is not dying. Get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hanD – in the beginning. Don’t ask for mine. GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE… 

“Think tanks should take drugs”.Fixing a hole. What have we learned? Consent. Feminism. The rest is beyond your command. 

And as the old road rapidly fades, peel back the woodchip, Idiot Wind. Don’t ask for mine. I’d Love To Turn You On. 

Broken bicycle and abandoned station. In the beginning… 


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