Imperfect Victims

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She doesn’t cringe and cower, she’s not a fragile flower She picked on him and tricked him She’s not a perfect victim She tells of his coercion, he tells a different version How dare she contradict him? She’s not a … Read more

Be Streetwise

Police commissioner urged to resign over 'streetwise' comment

Be streetwise, girls, be streetwise and you won’t get false-arrested Look out for cuffs and meat knives Be streetwise, girls, be streetwise and memorise our treatise on what to do when pestered Be streetwise, girls, be streetwise and you won’t … Read more

RMT Members Help Win Justice for Osime

Osime Brown article in RMT News

Published in RMT News, July/August 2021 RMT members have helped to win justice for Osime Brown, a young, black, autistic, learning-disabled man. The union saw this as an issue that deserved our support and solidarity. Janine Booth, Secretary of RMT’s Disabled Members’ … Read more

Hancock’s Last Hour

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A classic of Great British humour Slapstick, slap-and-tickle, caught on candid camera And everyone likes to see the bad guy get his comeuppance, don’t they? But there is something of the gangster genre about it too where Al Capone is … Read more

Free Zhang Zhan!

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China jails citizen journalist for Wuhan reports Four years in jail for citizen reporter Who spread the news from virus-struck Wuhan Her mother cries in court to lose her daughter She showed the world the sickness, did Zhang Zhan So … Read more

Video: Janine Booth verses Cops and Covid

Cops and Covid

On 27 September 2020, Janine Booth broadcasted an hour-long show on Facebook Live, tackling the two biggest issues of the year: the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality.

Villanelle: Joint Enterprise

Osime Brown

The courts prejudge and penalise, applying law, not playing fair, convicting of ‘joint enterprise’ Two words that catch and criminalise the skin you’re in, the clothes you wear, they prejudge and they penalise You’re guilty in the system’s eyes and … Read more

Guest post: Looking back … and forward.

David Booth

A personal reflection from my dad, prompted by the last line of my poem, Bristol’s Brilliant Bus Boycott (1963). Back in the spring, after nearly losing his life to coronavirus, the prime minister abruptly declared himself a convert to anti-obesity … Read more