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Politics and Protest

Hancock's Half Hour

Submitted by Janine on Thu, 16/04/2020 - 11:06

Broadcast at five o'clock
to millions of eager viewers

Our hapless hero
tackles the latest crisis

Trying to sound authoritative
but never quite in control

His spivvy mate
usually gets the better of him

It's not Railway Cuttings
it's Downing Street

It's a situation
but it's not comedy

 

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Not Lost

Submitted by Janine on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 15:05

Ten thousand people have not lost their lives.
They did not leave them behind

or forget where they put them
They did not misplace them.

Their lives were taken.

P.P.E.

Submitted by Janine on Sat, 11/04/2020 - 14:46

personal protective equipment
proves particularly effective
preventing pandemic excretion
polluting public environments

profit pursuers expect
priority, private enterprise
prevails: purchasing essentials
proves prohibitively expensive

production postponed, exhausted
public protectors endangered
political patent expired
pay packets empty