Favourite Things (Lewes Remix)

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Frost-polished gardens and cold hands in mittens Cute, cobbled alleyways, steep, narrow twittens Playgrounds with climbing frames, ropewalks and swings – Lewes is full of my favourite things A walk up the Down to see windmills and horses Vegan pub … Read more

Clerihew Times Two: Herbert Morrison / Peter Mandelson

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Herbert Morrison was moderate and worrisome He had an appropriate grandson: Peter Mandelson Peter Mandelson could not get a handle on The passionate, radical, principled and quarrelsome: rather like his grandfather, Herbert Morrison

CoronaVerses at Stay Home For Labour

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Janine talks about the CoronaVerses: poems from the pandemic anthology, and performs a couple of poems, at this edition of the weekly Stay Home For Labour talk, comedy and politics event. Details here.    

Speaking in Support of Tube Cleaners

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Today at TUC Women’s conference, PCS moved a motion congratulating their members at BEIS for successful strike action, and drawing attention to the appalling conditions that outsouced workers, many of them women, face. I made the following contribution to the … Read more

Nadia Whittome MP’s Maiden Speech

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I made Nadia Whittome’s maiden Commons speech into a poem. Here it is: “I’m here through solidarity  and hard work in my town I want to say to Nottingham: ‘I will not let you down’ I’ll represent this burning earth … Read more

Make Labour Councils Centres of Resistance

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In the cacophony of post mortems of Labour’s defeat, the role of Labour councils is being overlooked or at least understated. I think that a significant contributor to the erosion of Labour’s base has been councils which cut services, do … Read more

Remembering 1945

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I spoke with my dad (pictured) about his memories of the 1945 general election … 75 years ago when I was seven, I experienced the first of 22 general elections in my life. My father, Albert Booth, was born in … Read more