Politics and Protest

Sussex LRC fringe meeting @ TUC Congress

15/09/2015 - 18:00

Sussex Labour Representation Committee fringe meeting at TUC Congress in Brighton. Janine will be one of the speakers at the meeting, which will be focusing on the key issues of resisting Tory austerity and defending trade union rights.

Brighton Friends Meeting House, Ship Street BN1 1AF​

Other speakers include:

Sugar-Coated Sonnet

A sonnet written on the occasion of Lord Alan Sugar's resignation form the Labour Party:

So who invited that spiv to the party?
No, we don't want his cut-throat sort round here
His anti-social manners are so nasty
He's nicking all the food and selling beer
He's telling all my mates that they are fired
And acting like he bloody owns the place
His snotty, bossy, snobbery is tired
I'm losing friends who hate this public face
He came in with another party crasher
And now he's gone but not cleared up his rubble
He's got a better offer - somewhere flasher?
And now we're spared the need to take the trouble
- To turf Lord Cuckoo out of Labour's nest
- Which leaves the task of turfing out the rest

Silver Linings

Written on the day that the Conservatives won the 2015 UK General Election:

A search for silver lining
Is a needle-haystack quest
Fear grows and hope declining
Greed wins and stuff the rest 
McVey and Farage splendid fall
But barely dulls the pain 
The silverest lining of them all:
We live to fight again

Poetry Performance: Fundraiser for the Kurds

21/11/2014 - 19:00

KURDISH FOOD - LIVE MUSIC - STAND-UP - POETRY

Institute of Education Bar - 21 November at 7pm - £5 entry - all proceeds to International Federation of Iraqi Refugees

On 21 November, join the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees at the Institute of Education Bar for a fundraiser to raise money to support Kurdish refugees fleeing ISIS, sectarian gangs and war in the Middle East. 

Ode to a Second Royal Pregnancy

It is incumbent on poets to compose verse to mark royal occasions. So here is my effort concerning the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's announcement that one is expecting:

Radio Four is deeply concerned
The lady next door has recently learned
The worrying news that she's pregnant again
How will she cope with the stress and the strain?

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