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

Politics and Protest

P.P.E.

Submitted by Janine on 4 April 2020 at 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

Wherefore Art Thou, Capitalism?

Submitted by Janine on 3 March 2020 at 12:04

No-one’s saying leave it to the markets
No-one’s claiming competition’s key
That stockbrokers will lead us from the darkness
None are sneering now at stuff for free

No-one says that laissez-faire will sort it
No-one argues we’ll be saved by greed
None declare just those who can afford it
Should get the test or get the care they need

Stay The Fuck Home

Submitted by Janine on 3 March 2020 at 13:26

Stay the fuck home, they yelled
at a grey-haired man in the supermarket
that they were also in

Stay the fuck home, they insisted -
Follow government advice!
(which is not for everyone to Stay the fuck home)

Stay the fuck home, they typed,
logged on to the company account
working from home on full pay

Save The Super-Rich!

Submitted by Janine on 3 March 2020 at 13:46

Thoughts and prayers for Richard Branson!
Urgent aid for billionaires!
Don't let the sick hold us to ransom!
Vaccinate our stocks and shares!

Public funds for Virgin's business!
Workers must take unpaid leave!
Poor old Richard's worried witless!
What handouts will his brand receive?