It is argued that in a capitalist economy, shopping is more important than voting. The individual choices we make about how to spend our money are an expression of our moral choices.
Therefore, I think spending 89p (or 99p for those on iTunes) on the Hillsborough Christmas Charity Single (a remake of the Hollies’ classic “He Ain’t Heavy”) can be thought of as an ethical act as well as a political one. At least 50p of your money goes to support the legal costs of the families affected by the policing disaster. And there are calls for the VAT to be quashed on the single too, so this is shaping up to be a better ratio than donations to some charities.
Just think, the 2013 Christmas number 1 could be a testament to the families who have fought for 23 years for justice against a cynical, callous cover-up by South Yorkshire Police. Politics and music. Merry Christmas.