Friday, July 20, 2012

Brassed Off: A tribute to the best men in the world

It breaks my heart to see what is happening in our country today - this terrible strike of the best men in the world, who beat the Kaiser's army and beat Hitler's army, and never gave in. Pointless, endless.

Harold MacMillan, former Conservative Prime Minister. Maiden speech, House of Lords, November 14, 1984: speaking of the 250,000 British coal miners who were eventually axed by the Thatcher government.
Tara Fitzgerald as Gloria in Brassed Off
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If you didn't know that a brass band could bring tears to your eyes, try Mark Herman's movie, Brassed off (or here  Part 1 and here Part 2), before YouTube takes it down. 

The soundtrack for the film was provided by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Thanks to Steve Early for the link and an account of the betrayal of the working people of Britain by the likes of Tony Blair and Ed Milliband.

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