Neil Crud’s column published in Second Avenue fanzine – issue 4
When I see that the government are closing down hospitals and dismantling the health service, and on the same breath, splenetically deny that they are doing so, then I see them squeeze the living daylights out of this country and tell us we’ve never had it so good, it makes me want to go out and riot in the streets. A fat lot of good that would do, I’d end up in prison, brandished the scourge of society and nothing will have changed. But it’s not just The Government, it’s local government; the councils; organisations which are so badly run that I’m flabbergasted how on earth these people were elected in the first place. There should be a code of conduct that prevents councils treating ordinary folk like bits of dust which can be swept under a rug. I’m talking about RED TAPE; “Look Sir! You can’t claim a rent rebate because you didn’t send your form back in time.” “But I was only sent it yesterday.” “No I’m sorry Sir, rules are rules.” Things like that make me violently sick.

When I see the state of the world, I see that religion plays a huge part in it’s sad and pathetic state. If a person chooses to believe in a faith then that’s entirely up to he or she. The problem lies with those who try to (and do) implement religion to control and govern. In the dark days when barbarism ruled, the few more intelligent soon learnt that killing thousands of the tribes of people resulted in endless massacre, so why not put the fear of the unknown into them? After all, man has worshipped ‘gods’ throughout history, so why not worship one god through ‘God’s interpreters’? Vicars, Ayatollahs, Evangelists, Popes, Archbishops etc. are all the descendants of this Big Plan. The only thing that went wrong was that too many people had the same idea, so they pitched battles against each other. So as the normal ‘tribal wars’ continued and have done so to the present day over land rights, a new cause to fight for emerged: Religion. “Hey my God is better that your God.”

In one way ‘the fear of God’ did keep the populations in line to an extent, it at least kept the in-house squabblings down, I use the the term in the wake of the James Bulger case, a 16 year old being tortured for a week before being burnt to death and a mother being stabbed to death in front of her 2 year old son. 30 years ago when the church held a tighter grip over society, cases like this were rare, they still occurred but not on a daily basis like today. Having said that, in 1939 the clergy were there praying for the armies of their respective countries as they raped and pillaged their way through nations.