Outsiders Unite

“I shall consider myself well rid of this Island’s pathetic grovelling population of celebrity-obsessed, superficiality-fixated wankers. I shall not miss the institutionalized servility that is the worship of the royals - or the cringing respect accorded to the shiteing out of value-bereft Ruritarean ‘honours by the government of the fucking day, or the hounding of the poor and disabled and the cosseting of the rich and privileged.” From Iain Banks’s final book‘ The Quarry‘, 2013.

The bright side of death for Banks’s terminally ill character Guy is the prospect of escaping the UK and all its societal woes. The book, widely thought to be based on the late author’s own experiences of terminal cancer exudes though this quote a dark reminder that this country has taken a serious turn for the worst.

Over the last couple of years we too have quietly despaired while the zine took a break, and the Tory-led nation obediently became a heard of xenophobes, intolerant of the jobless and less able. Whilst the Queen‘s laundry bill near tripled last year to the sum of £700,000, so did the queues to the food-banks as benefits were snatched from the poor, and bedroom tax was implemented. Whilst every movement of the Royals was documented in headlines and lapped up by the sycophantic masses, the many victims of austerity rarely made it to the back pages. Take the tragic case of mother of three, Elenore Tatton, who died of a brain tumour that she had had since birth just three weeks after being ordered by Atos to attend job-seekers workshops. Alongside these dismal political events, mainstream culture continued to nose dive, plummeting further and further into a dreary vacuous haze. This issue - the ’Outsiders’ issue - is a celebration of some of the people society turned their back on and basically anyone who dared to deviate from the norm during times of propaganda and hegemony.

First and foremost, Issue 7 consists of our very own pull-out ‘outsider’ art exhibition consisting of the most uh-mazing art by those living in the margins. We proudly present ’Inside Out’ a collection of work by prison artists, artists with disabilities and unemployed artists. War on Want remind us of those barricaded away from the rest of the world in Palestine with their article ‘Alicia Keys don’t play into oppression”. We catch up with Japanese punk legends Bo Ningun and you gotta check out Liam Scully‘s Royal Spread and‘Inside the Elephant’ by Niall McDevitt, a ’concrete’ poem inspired by the Heygate Estate evictions in Elephant and Castle.

It’s good to be back, La Bouche xxxxx

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