Covid-19

Poems and ponderings on the health crisis that hit the world in early 2020.

Dispensible Other

Covid-19

Accept our rule and stop this hue and cry
Some loved ones have to go before their time
It's just the weak and sick and old who'll die

We have a theory here to justify
Our nudging unit thinks it's just sublime
Accept our rule and stop this hue and cry

No need to test or rest or notify
Our British stock is mostly in its prime
It's just the weak and sick and old who'll die

Unskilled

Unskilled

You have no skills – you’re just a carer,
a labourer, an apron-wearer,
You smear on cream and dish out pills –
you don’t have skills.

You have no skills, you just wipe arses,
the underside of the underclasses,
You wipe up drool, make tea and chat –
Where’s the skill in that?!

Online Launch: Unprecedented Rhymes!

29/04/2021 - 19:30

Janine launches her new collection of covid compositions with an hour (or maybe a little more) of verses versus the virus.

There will also be a contribution from special guest The Repeat Beat Poet - not to be missed! And there will be a presentation from the Safe and Equal campaignm, which has helped workers to win full sick and isolation pay during the pandemic.

Reading TUC: Covid-19 and the Arts

11/02/2021 - 19:00

Janine rants about Poets versus Covid and Cuts.

 

 

The annual 'Heart Unions' event this years sees a focus on the perilous state of the arts during the COVID19 pandemic.

For 'COVID19 and the Arts' we are joined by:

 

< Nicole Johnson (Musicians' Union), Musician;

 

< John Oversby (UCU), Musician;

 

Covid 19, democratic ownership and the future of the economy

Another Europe
16/05/2020 - 13:00

Janine will be speaking from a transport worker's perspective at this online event hosted by Another Europe Is Possible.

 

In 2008, the state bailed out the banks. In 2020, it is bailing out the whole of capitalism. State intervention and public borrowing are at their highest level in peacetime history.

Poems for Workers' Memorial Day

Waltham Forest Trades Council
28/04/2020 - 10:45

This is a partcularly poignant year for the annual Workers' Memorial Day, with key workers dying in the fight against Covid-19.

Janine will be contributing some poems as Waltham Forest Trades Council remembers the dead and rededicates itself to fight for the living. Speakers include Matt Wrack (General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union) and local MP John Cryer.

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