Saturday 29 May 2010

The NME Revolution

The Winter of '79 is a blog dedicated to wargaming an alternative political history of the United Kingdom following the 'Winter of Discontent' in 1978 and subsequent election of a Tory government under Margaret Thatcher in 1979.

It is inspired not at all by the popular A Very British Civil War rules, but solely due to Steve Blease's excellent blog ENGLAND PREVAILS and my own memories as a Sixth Former in 1979; of mass protests, riots and increasing tensions at heavy handed policing as seen through the eyes of  groundswell bands such as The Clash, Jam and TRB.

1979 was also a time of Airfix Magazine, British soldiers in Boots DMS and SLRs - of Scorpions, Chieftains and '432s; Saladins and Saracens, the Wessex, Scout, Gazelle and Puma.

In short, The Winter of '79 is my history and provides me with an opportunity to relive some of my youth through collecting these models again, listening to the music I enjoyed and playing out the coup/revolution that never came.


(*NME=New Musical Express)
"Kids! Sisters! Brothers!

The heat is on! The Pigs are on the street! The sickening so called election of the thatcherite fascists exposes the sham of so called british democracy. the working class have sold themselves out to a repressive bourgeois sexist pig regime. the SPG goons are showing us the violence inherent in the iron clawed system as the brutal tory nazis roll back the frontiers of the state right over our heads.

Kids! 2-4-6-8! Its never too late to UNITE and FIGHT!

what do we want?
a workers revolution and an end to the fascist repression!
when do we want it?

Get on the Streets!

Rick Spart
Red Spike Youth Revolution




FROM: Pierce
TO Smith Harry

Harry, the lamplighters picked this up. A case in point. One for your talents I think. Recommendations through usual channels though it's your game.