Tuesday, January 17, 2017


...at a mainline railway station. A massive, lavish  wide-screen video sponsored by a bank, promoting same-sex marriage. It  stretches across the entrance to the platforms, and imposes itself on every passenger arriving at the station, intruding into every part of the concourse.

In the 1950s in Eastern Europe, railway stations broadcast political slogans all the time along with the train announcements: "The next train to Wadowice departs from Platform Eight Socialism is the Way of the Future with our brothers in the Soviet Union".   And people did not - could not - complain because it would mean serious trouble for themselves and for their families, with action from the police and the public authorities. There was no one to whom it was possible to complain, and no possibility of a fair hearing if one did.

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