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Riots in Minneapolis following police murder of George Floyd

They held a peaceful protest People didn’t notice Nothing changed Then they rioted and burned The world watched and learned, views exchanged The respectable people said Their cause is just, but why must they riot? Why don’t they hold a … Read more

Video: Raging

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‘ScoMo Must Go!’ chants demand the end of Scott Morrison’s tenure as Australian Prime Minister. But Janine’s poem argues that it is not just ScoMo who must go, but “Every climate change denier, Neoliberal vote for hire …”.

Raging

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“I believe in a fair go for those who have a go … If you’re having a go you’ll get a go.” Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, 2019 Everyone must surely know That Sco- Mo- must- go! Liberals reap … Read more

Stonewall Was a Riot

Stonewall Was a Riot

Stonewall Was a Riot It wasn’t the Stonewall focus group or the Stonewall business case It wasn’t the Stonewall let’s-present- our-most-acceptable-face Long years of asking nicely had not got us anywhere Our rulers did not hear us when we whispered: … Read more

Stonewall Was A Riot

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From the pamphlet, Radical Chains: sexuality and class politics, 1999: “The rallying point of the gay liberation movement … the bar riot that ushered in the gay rights movement” … “Stonewall is the emblematic event in lesbian and gay history … Read more

1919 – Hands Off Russia!

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Also published on the Workers’ Liberty website here. The British left hailed the Russian revolution in 1917. On 18 January 1919 in London, a mass meeting launched the ‘Hands Off Russia’ campaign to oppose British military intervention in support of … Read more

1919 – Throwing off the shackles of Empire

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Also published on the Workers’ Liberty website here.   After Britain and its Allies had won the war, proclaiming themselves champions of freedom and democracy, the people of its imperial possessions stepped up their democratic demand for some of that … Read more

1919 – Divided by Racism

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While workers were angry and willing to fight, too often their anger was aimed at fellow workers of a different colour rather than at the employers and authorities responsible for their exploitation and poverty. Sometimes this occurred in the absence … Read more

Soldier F

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Soldier F said he only harmed protesters who held bombs or arms Soldier F had truths to hide The soldier lied Lord Saville said none of the dead had posed a threat but that did not stop Soldier F When … Read more

Haiku: Stuffed

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May has a sore throat See her Noes running the show And her Ayes dry up

Widening Roads

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Widening roads parking lorries carrying loads of no-deal worries Laying Tarmac digging ditches making car parks burning bridges Office holder riding high on  a hard Brexit shoulder to pull over and cry on Sailing boats away laying mines widening motorways … Read more

The Joker and the Trump

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Boris Johnson nominates the President of the United States He says the Nobel Prize for Peace should go to Donald Trump But that joker has been played before No satire in it any more Irony died, doesn’t he see? when … Read more

Video: Hallelujah President Trump

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The marvellous Modern Minstrels sing Janine’s lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, with a fabulous selection of appropriate images.

On Shitholes

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A place becomes a shithole when someone digs a hole and shits in it Someone like you, Donald Trump, and all the rulers and raiders and tin-pot dictators the speculators and devastators the extractors and the malefactors Shitholes, however unpleasant, … Read more

The Pope’s Prayer

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In response to the news that the Pope wants to change the words of the Lord’s Prayer …   Oppressed people Who art in Myanmar Rohingya be thy name The soldiers come And killing is done Of Muslims As it … Read more

Off Your Knees

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Keep politics out of sport Black lives may matter but all that matters here is the score Keep politics out of football because standing up for the national anthem  is not political but kneeling for it is Keep politics off … Read more