Dok (cyberinsekt) wrote,

Blyth Power - Inside The Horse

We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands. We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty.
Margaret Thatcher
For Margaret Thatcher, the enemy with was the UK trade union movement. She turned the full power of the state against the British people, and she will never be forgiven for this. It was a campaigned ostensibly fought under the flags of economics and democracy, but it reality it was borne of fear and hatred, and the exercise of power.

"The enemy within" was a powerful phrase in those dark days of the early 1980s. There were plenty of those phrases, all readily snapped up by a hungry media. Miners who crossed picket lines to return to work were never scabs, they were "new faces". In retrospect, it was a masterful effort by the Tory press office, the most thorough piece of spin of late 20th century British politics. The government imposed its own narrative on events, and those who opposed them were denied their own story. Stripped of a voice, there was a feeling amongst the disenfranchised that the only thing left to cling to was the very words used against them. If we were going to be called the enemy within, we would wear that badge with pride. We would bloody earn it.

It took eight years for the song to arrive. Blyth Power's Inside The Horse, from the album The Guns of Castle Cary is simply one of the finest insurrectionary songs ever written. Trapped inside the Trojan Horse, deep within the belly of the beast, an army awaits.

Whenever another part of our society is demonised, I always think about the horse.

Blyth Power - Inside The Horse
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