Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Well, the media only really got powerful during that time, the Madmen era.
And what was their main fodder? (Apart from slagging off the EU, I don't remember that though.)
It was the Swinging London, Carnaby St, mods'n'rockers, the Beatles, Stones and Jimi Hendrix, Twiggy, David Hemmings time, London became the hippest city in Europe.
The media made hay and created overnight working class pop culture heroes and social mobility got a shot of grease.
Under the media froth things were indeed already grim, and I could smell the rancid smell of Thatcherism coming.
It was fun and frolic one day, the dole queue the next, Pink Floyd at the Roundhouse and marching against the Vietnam war in Grosvenor Sq, being charged by horseback police.
So rose-coloured glasses? Sure, the immense success of the Beatles is stuff of legend, and can anyone point to an event that more clearly signifies the coming of age of the boomer demographic and the last gasp of British global superiority at anything, unless laundering blood money counts?
There was still flair in the air, Liverpool -and London- were a cradle of an amazing crop of creatives whose art spanned the globe and united people in love for life.
Salad days for the fortunate yes, but still thin gruel for the 'great unwashed' hoi polloi.
Unions and capital in perma-standoff.

But in Haight-Ashbury-on-Thames, all was groovy, man!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Nov 25th, 2019 at 10:28:43 PM EST

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