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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 February 2016
Refugee crisis: poem
Festive lights float above the streets below
as the bus starts, stops and starts again
on the journey through town. Upstairs a hubbub
of world languages that resemble an orchestra
warming up. The occasional cymbal crash
of a mobile phone breaks the aural warmth.
It is home here and we feel safe so we dream
of monsoons, rivers, islands and the stars.
On Oxford Street a one legged man in white shorts
begs outside a Body Shop, old wooden crutches
to emphasise his plight. Crutches that speak of
another time, the train to Dover and an earlier war.
Our little world is well lit up as we pass through
a perpetual cool Britannia where style is for sale.
Around us the black cabs bully the red buses, a sign
that there is a gap between the gaudily dressed shops
and a war of salvation that is to be delivered courtesy
of a Pandora's Box of suited rats, who want for nothing
but a conscience. The grass of Parliament Square
is slippery underfoot as the fiery speeches float above.
As one we have lights and some peace at Christmas
but for them it will be where to lay this broken body
or where to lay that broken body. Then weep.
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In The Socialist 17 February 2016:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Councils have a choice: no cuts to jobs or services
Junior doctors must stand firm
£300 million to cushion cuts in Tory councils
Scotland: battle heats up against council cuts
US fears EU exit will hinder vulture privatisers
Liverpool fans score victory v £77 ticket hike
Record-high 170 evictions a day
Them & Us
Socialist Party feature
An open letter to John McDonnell from Tony Mulhearn
International socialist news and analysis
Irish election: fighting on an anti-austerity agenda
Socialist Party youth and students
Socialist Students conference 2016: Delegates enthusiastic and confident
Socialist Party workplace news
Doctors' strike 10th February - photos and reports
Rally to defend jobs in Northern Ireland: "We won't sit on the sidelines"
Library workers prepare to escalate strike action
Historic joint further education strike
Public meetings show readiness of workers to fight back
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Hands off the Butterfields estate!
Sheffield no-cuts People's Budget conference
Southampton: absence of Corbynism as Labour swings Tory axe again!
"Staines has never seen anything like it!"
Students, unions and parents unite to save Pent Valley School
"You can cut the cake but not our libraries!"
London lobbies against cuts to jobs and services
Readers' comments and reviews
If I had been in 1980s Labour, I'd have supported Militant
Socialist's anti-war art on show in Bradford
Letter: Brum Blairite
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