Politikal Pokes by Lobbytroll
THE SUN HAS GOT HIS KIT OFF
The news that The Sun, the UK’s intellectual mouthpiece, has lost £48 million brought a tear to my eye – and flavoured with Tuscany truffles. Meanwhile, the online versions of certain newspapers, like the Daily Mail and Daily Express are beginning to look increasingly bonkers, like the USA’s lowest common denominator soft-porn mag The National Enquirer.
DIRTY BOOK – DIRTY GUY
On presidential inauguration day, January 20th, poet and polemicist Heathcote Williams’ devastating demolition of Donald Trump, American Porn, is released by Thin Man Press. We heartily and thoroughly recommend it.
Unsurprisingly, world football’s governing body has decided to fatten up its already morbidly obese cash cow by taking the total number of teams in the World Cup to 48. They claim it’s all part of their selfless community work, and nothing whatever to do with ensnaring countries into their tax-fiddling circus. “Any host country requires a comprehensive tax exemption to be given to Fifa and further parties involved in the hosting and staging of an event”, said a Fifa spokesman, without a hint of irony
CAKE AND EAT IT 2
Trump’s bum wiper, Nigel “Fifi” Farage, in response to drunken Twitter outbursts from a UKIP branch secretary, claims he is “not responsible for what other people do.”
Lobbytroll says: “In that case Fifi, wipe that ridiculously smug grin off your hyperactive face, you hideous, oily, opportunist bottom-feeder.
IS THE RECORD INDUSTRY KILLING VINYL AGAIN?
2016 saw the continued resurgence of vinyl records, with sales overtaking downloads. Perhaps it is time we spared a thought for the small independent companies who have doggedly sustained the interest in vinyl over the last 30 years. They are all being squeezed by the major labels, who, late as usual, jumped on the bandwagon. They have, of course, stumbled on yet another way of re-releasing their lucrative back catalogues, resulting in all the vinyl factories being clogged up with their orders. The sheer size of these orders far outweighs the quantities (typically 1,000 units) ordered by the independents, who must now plan up to 12 months ahead for a release. The irony is that the people who purchase these independently pressed releases tend to actually listen to the records they buy.