Our story is set just after the first world war in Poplar, an east London borough with a population of 160,000 people crammed into the docklands in the bend of the River Thames (Poplar) and the area just north of it (Bow).
Politics and Protest
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 lunches with gluten-free sauces
Blue cheese and celery, smoked tofu wings -
Lewes has loads of my favourite things
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Ealing Trades Union Council is delighted to once again present a celebration of International Womens Day on March 8th. It's even more relevant than usual - women have been carrying the brunt of the crisis while their work and leadership has been under-recognised.
You expressed your opinion.
In response, I expressed my opinion,
which was different from your opinion
In response to me expressing an opinion
different from your opinion
I'M ENTITLED TO EXPRESS MY OPINION!
as though by expressing an opinion
at variance with your opinion
I had been denying your right to express your opinion
which, of course, I hadn't.
Boris is sorry - deeply sorry -
for every life that's been lost
Johnson is worried - deeply worried -
about the political cost
He takes responsibility - full responsibility -
for all of the government's actions
Johnson is possibly - in all probability -
counting financial transactions
Janine gave this illustrated online talk about the Poplar Rates Rebellion for the TUC Tolpuddle Radical History School on 12 January 2021.
It's Thursday evening, eight o'clock, no sound
No passing cars or footsteps on the ground
No pots or pans or cheering to be found
As nobody is clapping this time round
When this began, we clapped them off to war
Then came reports that we could not ignore
Low pay, long hours, no P.P.E. in store
Now no-one claps for carers any more