Janine's poetic turn at the 2020 online celebration ofthe 1911 Llanelli railway strike.
Freeborn John was one
Coronavirus is not:
A great leveller
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.
The last issue of RMT News contained a useful pull-out on the historic 1919 railway strike. It captured some of the excitement of the action and its success in beating back pay cuts. The strikers and their supporters are heroes of our history and deserve to be remembered and honoured.
This is the dad
working five months away
from his family, keeping
starvation at bay
This is the mum
taking work when it comes
boiling laundry and toiling
for pitiful sums
Talking about my political hero and subject of my biography, Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor.
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It wasn't the Stonewall focus group
or the Stonewall business case
It wasn't the Stonewall let's-present-
Long years of asking nicely had not
got us anywhere
Our rulers did not hear us when
we whispered: it's not fair
So when re-writers try to say
we won by being quiet
Remind them of our history -
that Stonewall was a riot