Today (December 18) I woke up to a reminder that the singer Kirsty MacColl died exactly 16 years ago.

I couldn’t let it pass without a reminder of her particular genius.

So here’s Free World, her commentary on Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, from 1989.

Listening to the lyrics, I thought of you when they closed down the school, and the hospital too. Did they think that you were better? They were wrong, This Writer can’t help but think that very little has changed.

We need singers like this.

They act as our conscience.

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