Today our new Conservative government showed their true, reprehensible colours with the backdoor announcement of their plan to amend the Hunting Act and usher in a return of the cruelest and most savage of all cruel sports. It seems apt therefore that we have an excellent new song from Ultimate Painting that also lambasts this out-of-touch, arrogant, and thoroughly loathsome bunch.
The duo of James Hoare (Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (Mazes), have announced a new single (I’ve Got The) Sanctioned Blues (released 28th August). It’s taken from will their forthcoming sophomore album, Green Lanes (which is released on the 7th August via Trouble In Mind).
The song laments the unfair benefits system (the sanction of the title, in this instance, being a penalty you get if you fill in a form wrong / miss an appointment) and reminds us (as if we needed it) that the Conservative way has always been particularly hard and cruel (that word again) on the less fortunate members of society.
Today’s message from the powers that be appears to be that whether you are unemployed or disabled, a fox or a deer, the government will hunt you down.
Thank goodness we still have bands like Ultimate Painting to actually stop and point out the moral bankruptcy of our country’s leaders, that so many blithely appear to swallow without blinking these days.
Damn good song too…
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