These politicians, elected officials, what do we know about them exactly? That’s right, absolutely nothing. A random name pops up of somebody who was promoted behind closed doors without any coverage or democratic sanction, and then we’re told this person now has say over this, that and the other and, ultimately, can not only make decisions on our behalf, but also can decide our lives for the foreseeable future.
And I come back to my first question: what do we know about them as people, their individual morals and mindsets? Once again the average Joe just recognises names and titles, but nothing about the actual core being of the person elected to represent them and their entire family. This fake sense of superiority has to be removed from the political culture because it is cancerous.
Its obvious now to see, in a digital age, the elected officials distaste for the concerns of the poor and weaker members of our society, who can’t speak up or represent themselves. This social mugging happens either by making life more complicated for these people or just simply ignoring them all together. The superiority complex of Parliament stretches from punishing everyone from the elderly, by pushing the pension to more unreachable age to ensure the payouts are less and that people never live to enjoy the taxes they invested, to the disabled, who are also inflicted with vicious cuts. It is reflected in the poorest areas, where people who desperately need medical assistance are left vulnerable, due to inhuman austerity cuts to our NHS services. This shocking lack of empathy has resulted in us becoming a nation of pounds over people and numbers over normality.
It boils down to politicians not pursuing the career with a real passion to change the world but for personal goals and accolades; rather than implementing real change and showing awareness to the plight of the underprivileged, concern for those in our society who have no voice to defend themselves democratically, they award us with 10p off our annual water bill so the public will feel that some social injustice was won. In fact, like most things, its a distraction to pre-occupy you so that you don’t have time to question or challenge other absurd policies and wrongdoings by our government. People are so blindsided with media distractions, political fake news, and the economic problems arising from poor leadership that we all stress about and try tackle in our everyday life, that it draws us so far from the political frontline of politics and manifestos.
In fact, it seems that due to a total lack of enthusiasm for politics and a distrust in politicians, society is now happy to simply accept a downward spiral of poor governments and leaders. A lack of opportunity and genuine top quality British services, makes us not only behave second rate as a state but also start to believe it’s normal. So how do we infiltrate the minds of the people making these horrible decisions and bring about change – or how do we at least go about replacing them?
These are people who we’re told come from a similar background to us, who face the same daily trials and tribulations that we the electorate face. But in my eyes, ever since the riots, I’ve seen a growing disparity between the ruling class and the working or underclass – who seem to be falling further behind financially into a black hole of debt. This uncertain future and misery was compounded by messing us up on a world financial global level with an unprecedented, horrendous impact on the lower classes of this country. This leads us to the hypocrisy within politics of trying to identify with the public they hope will keep the country and economy afloat, while leaving them to drown.
And they persist in alienating this same group of people by casually stereotyping predominantly black urban music scenes with stock-phrases such as “murder music”, “knife crime”, “infighting”, “gang affiliated”, “crime-music” etc. It makes it obvious they don’t understand the people they are elected to serve. These same kids that are labelled as this lost generation, they ignore when asking for tax reform, they ignore when asking for aid for single parents, they ignore when they see their future held up for ransom with increasing uni fees and protest. They don’t seem to realise or understand the future is in the hands of those they are ignoring; if you keep ignoring the youth then the very same youth they will ignore you – it’s a cycle.
The conundrum is that a lot of politicians have more in common with drill artists than they care to realise. Daily a politician restructures and remodels the English language to best suit and fit their narrative, to fight their side of the argument, whether it be to the tabloids or to the digital or terrestrial news stations, there are often key words, or buzz-words to sell an ideology or event ,such as: ”Brexit”; ”my deal or no deal”; ”education education education” etc. These are semantically similar to catchphrases used by drill artist to identify the group or the individual; the phrases usually identify something that’s instantly conducive to the artist’s persona or what they stand for. Yet when the youth use this initiative to market and propel themselves forward, this is not seen in the same light.
Another obvious similarity is the public distaste for one another and disagreement on points of view, with criticisms of the opposition’s structure, competency and execution of tasks and goals – often combined with severe nefarious activities to highlight confusion or negativity and gain the upper hand. Politicians concentrate heavily on looking for weaknesses in the opposition, trying to predict or anticipate the next move, and gain the upper hand constantly. This also resembles tactics used within drill to seize control of another artists fan-base or start rumours to create tensions between certain divisions in order to gain while the opposition become concerned with one another.
And last-but-definitely-not least in the hypocritical rankings of Drill/Urban Music and politics is what I highlighted back in October 2018 on Channel 4 News: the language used by politicians, the rhetoric and the slander, may be coming from individuals society deems more responsible but the foul-mouth intentions from both are exactly the same – and definitely result in the same anguish no matter who is on the receiving end. This brings me to a question of my own: are the artists being foul or merely reflecting their realities, just as the older, wiser politicians are when they use violent rhetoric to get their point across?
Nobody wrong and nobody right: in my opinion, what we are is human, and should accept that first. Hopefully we can all learn from this and not be so judgmental – especially, in regards to politicians, after getting what we call a social and political ass-whooping from none other than your very own Drillminister AKA Young Drilly…
Drillminister AKA Yung Drilly is a musician and lyricist from South East London.