Tim Burgess: 'celebrity' Charlatan scab

Tim Burgess: desperate scab

As journalists at the BBC strike to defend their jobs while senior execs get huge payoffs, former front man of middle-of-the-road Britpop act The Charlatans, scabs on them by covering for Lauren Laverne who joined the walkout. Presumably, as he is so desperate, being a scab is the only way he can get on the radio.

Submitted by Steven. on February 19, 2013

Thousands of members of the National Union of Journalists at the corporation walked out on 18 February against job cuts. As the corporation makes compulsory redundancies while advertising posts externally and giving huge payoffs to failing bosses like George Entwistle who quit during the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Laverne was joined on strike by other journalists like Paul Mason and John Humphrys.

Strikers are demanding that staff facing redundancy are redeployed into vacant posts.

Tim Burgess seems to care little for these workers facing the loss of their jobs. What seems more important for him is grabbing a few pounds of taxpayers money and desperately trying to get himself on the radio.

We conclude with a few words for Burgess from author Jack London:

After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab.

A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue.

Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles.

When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels weep in heaven, and the devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out.

No man (or woman) has a right to scab so long as there is a pool of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang his body with.

Judas was a gentleman compared with a scab. For betraying his master, he had character enough to hang himself. A scab has not.

Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage.

Judas sold his Savior for thirty pieces of silver.

Benedict Arnold sold his country for a promise of a commision in the british army.

The scab sells his birthright, country, his wife, his children and his fellowmen for an unfulfilled promise from his employer.

Esau was a traitor to himself; Judas was a traitor to his God; Benedict Arnold was a traitor to his country.

A scab is a traitor to his God, his country, his family and his class.


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Submitted by working class … on February 19, 2013

WTF has he done to his hair


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Submitted by AnarchoDoom on February 19, 2013

Dumb and Dumber must be his favourite film


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Submitted by PartyBucket on February 19, 2013

Prick, obviously, but isn't Jack London a bit of a dubious figure to be quoting against him??


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Submitted by flaneur on February 19, 2013

No more than Bakunin or Marx. Anyhow, it's unknown whether it's London's quote or someone else's if that makes it any better.


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Submitted by ocelot on February 19, 2013

Agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment. Minor detail, Burgess scabbed by taking over Laverne's slot on Radio 6, hence no TV involved.


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Submitted by -A- on February 19, 2013

god, country? Fuck that, mr. London. A scab is a traitor to himself, his family, his friends, his fellowman and his intelligence. Summarizing, an obnoxiously stupid person. Period.