A recent survey has found that a majority of Kiwis want to see backyard fireworks banned or fireworks banned entirely ahead of Guy Fawkes this Sunday.
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot
I don’t complain about your fucking dog barking all the time, so one night a year I will let off fireworks!
I love Guy Fawkes.
The joy of my younger years running around with double-happys and sparklers and moon rockets have been all but reduced to sparklers these days as we have relentlessly moved to reduce the more dangerous elements of fireworks but the idea behind Guy Fawkes is one so beautiful that I don’t want it to leave us.
I do not want us to lose the spirit of rebellion that Guy Fawkes represented.
When I burn the Guy on my bonfire, I’m not burning some Catholic zealot from 400 years ago, I’m burning the 1%, I’m burning neoliberalism, I’m burning vested corporate interests, I’m burning the deep state and I’m burning the 5 Fucking eyes.
We should as the Activist Left, take back Guy Fawkes Day and make the symbolic burning of the 1%, neoliberalism, vested corporate interests, the deep state and the 5 Eyes a fundamental part of the celebration.
In the words of V from V for Vendetta…
‘People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people”
…as a nation of sheep, we need more symbolic rebellion, not less.
The Neanderthal glee of loud fire mixed with the exhilaration of different coloured exploding fire is a pleasure I refuse to relinquish!
Even as I sing the joys of Guy Fawkes Day, I have to admit the glaring reality that demands private fireworks must be banned.
Our country is being turned into one giant tinder box with all the pine trees and foliage getting dryer and dryer.
We are on the verge of an enormous fire season problem that will require enormous spending of money on professionalising the volunteer Fire Service and allowing people to use private fireworks is just a recipe for disaster.
We need to ban private fireworks because the fire hazard is only going to grow and grow with each passing year as global warming becomes more extreme.
You can take my sparkler out of my dead cold hands because sparklers will be the only thing we can buy, and there will probably have to be some safety condom you have to wear before even handling one.
There is something magical about a a group of people and a large bonfire at night.
We shouldn’t lose that.
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