Defending public services

Battles against privatisation and cuts

Sheffield Workers Liberty: ‎How Labour Councils Can Fight Back: Lessons from Poplar

16/02/2016 - 19:30

Venue: Central United Reformed Church, Sheffield

With Sheffield's Council planning to implement £50 million of cuts following the Tories' slashing of local budgets, Workers' Liberty, Sheffield host a talk on the heroic rebel councillors of Poplar and consider what is applicable in today's context.

Sandbags and Gladrags

These are the banks that need to be propped up
These the square miles that could do with some bailing out
This is the high street where floating stocks are mopped up
Defences that fail when they're cut and left flailing about
Those on the ground floor as always will suffer the worst
While one level up they look downwards in trepidation
But those in the penthouse were safe when the banks were burst

Healing

The fragments from a previous wound 
Dance around and wait their chance
To shoot a sharp reminder

That they have never gone away
And that which does not kill me does not
Always make me stronger

Ev'ry step brings pain but still
It beats just sitting feeling less 
Distressed but more defeated

Benefits Street

Channel Five's schedule
For most every day
Benefits Street cesspool 
And Welfarers Way

Ramsay Street Scroungers 
Then Home and Away
They're idlers and loungers
In old Summer Bay

Then Stateside US
For our afternoon treat
It's NCIS:
No Current Income Street

Lights, Camera, Sanctions
A click of a mouse
Audience reactions
From the Big Benefits house

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