Magazine article New Internationalist

In Defence of Anger

Magazine article New Internationalist

In Defence of Anger

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All right! I admit it. I have a temper. A volcanic, overthe- top, soap-opera-overacting-style temper. But as a grown up, I like to think I keep it reasonably in check most of the time. (Expect a stern letter from my girlfriend in the next issue demanding a correction.) I did once consider anger management, but just seeing the word 'management' got me feeling fierier than Ed Sheeran's sunburn.

One of the things that really gets me angry is other people's lack of anger. It baffles me. It really gets my goat. Why haven't they got goats? I mean, are these people unthinking, uncaring, or both? I'm not sure I see the difference between being a measured pragmatist and a craven drip.

If you have visited Britain recently you are sure to have spotted that these unflappable 'banal-istas' have even got their own ubiquitous slogan: 'Keep Calm And Carry On'. This rallying cry to passivity currently adorns every single mug and tea towel in Britain. Trust me, I'm not exaggerating. I mean EVERY tea towel.

The phrase was originally used by the British government in an iconic motivational poster campaign in the build-up to the Second World War, but has long been stripped of any context or meaning in a frenzy of post-modern cultural thievery. Cheap junk emblazoned with this insipid idiom now sits in every souvenir shop in the land, alongside other Great British tat like Princess Diana key rings, Union Jack underwear and those Prince Harry toys that rip a moonie when you flick them in the face. …

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