Marxist. Trade Unionist. Socialist-feminist. Author. Poet. Speaker. Tutor. RMT ex-Exec. Workers' Liberty. Autie. Bi. PUFC fan.

Politics and Protest

Labour International

Submitted by Janine on 30 November 2022 at 10:18
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Janine will be the guest speaker at this (online, unfortunately!) meeting of the Labour International branch, about RMT strikes, neurodiversity and poetry!

Disabled People for Free Trade Unions: TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference Fringe Meeting 2022

Submitted by Janine on 18 November 2022 at 19:30

These are the opening speeches from this event, held on Zoom on Tuesday 22 March 2022.


Sarah Woolley (General Secretary, Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers’ Union): Welcome to the joint RMT and Free Our Unions TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference fringe meeting.

Speaking about Minnie Lansbury at HMP Holloway

Submitted by Janine on 17 November 2022 at 20:21
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Janine will tell the story of one of Holloway prison's former residents at this event to mark the seventh anniversary of the prison's closure and promote proposals for a progressive Women's Building in its place.

Venue: entrance to HMP Holloway, Parkhurst Road, London N7 0NU.

Trickle-Down Economics

Submitted by Janine on 24 September 2022 at 09:57

Give handouts to the City not the town
Award the top the most, the bottom least
and in the end, the wealth will trickle down

So feed the finest to the howling hound
The sparrow pecks the droppings of the beast
Give handouts to the City not the town

Allow some crumbs to tumble to the ground
Please overload the table for the feast 
and in the end, the wealth will trickle down

Villanelle: A Step or Two

Submitted by Janine on 17 September 2022 at 15:31

Autumn falls and storm clouds brew
The post each day brings season's chill
The queue moves on a step or two

The last demand is overdue
It stands unopened on the sill
As autumn falls and storm clouds brew

They stand in file to give their due
A strung-out wait to pay their bill
The queue moves on a step or two

The Queue

Submitted by Janine on 15 September 2022 at 10:18

A fortnight back, complaining about
having to wait behind two others
to use the cashpoint

Now, happy to stand all day and night
to file past a box
with a crown and a cushion on top

and inside, the body of
someone you never knew -
it's the nearest you could ever get to her

It's the ultimate display of Britishness:
an awesome combo of
queueing and deference