Defending public services
Battles against privatisation and cuts
It's just like any other Saturday night
but without the vomit and with no-one to fight
It's just like Night Tube but nobody's pissed and
the two people here are socially distant
It's just like every other morning after
but without the bleary eyes and laughter
There's no-one to beg from, no tickets to tout
because staying at home is the new going out
This book is emerging in the UK at the very beginning of April 2020.
Coronavirus has already killed over two thousand people in this country and many thousands more around the world.
Claps at windows
Claps at doors
Claps with power and verve
Wave on wave
of loud applause
our care workers deserve
Applause spread fast
round our estate
Applause saw us unite
Applause lets us
the ones who lead this fight
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?!
It's the end of the end of austerity
Can you believe the temerity?
Sajid has said
That his promise is dead
But the few will retain their prosperity
"Austerity no more" is no more
The previous promise ignored
The election is done
And the Tories have won
And the rule of the market is law
This book is a must for all health care workers - doctors, nurses, students, caterers, cleaners, porters - the team needed by patients facing The Big C.
Stage 2a, stage 3b, stage 4 are numbers which tell us about diagnoses and planning treatment.The numbers do not tell us about who is on zero hours contracts or in insecure housing at risk of losing work and home, who is fretting about bus fares, who is caring for children or parents, the disruption to study and relationships, the time, the time, the time.
This book does tell us about people, the numbers and the NHS. Read it for your patients and yourself, to celebrate our part in this amazing service which is there for everyone when people need it.
Dr Coral Jones, GP and Chair of Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour Party
In the cacophony of post mortems of Labour’s defeat, the role of Labour councils is being overlooked or at least understated.