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Blame The Poor!
Those 'stupid masses',
They've done it again!
The 'multitude swine'!
Can't they see that
Is worse than
Which is as good as
New Labour austerity,
Which is not as bad as
Done with regret
Done with relish!
Devastation of services,
Demonisation of the poor.
In the gig economy,
As the rich get richer.
Why can't we just accept?
For so many a vote
For a bigoted,
Preferable to a vote
For a corporate,
Half the electorate
For Wall Street,
For Clinton, a vote
For a bigoted billionaire
Preferable to a vote
For Bernie Sanders,
He could have won!
Blame the poor
For revolting against the elite,
For rejecting lesser evilism!
Will disillusion and anger.
Return to Democrats
Is not the answer.
The protests have started,
Time for a socialist alternative!
Palace v peasants
It's hardly a big surprise that our public taxes will pay for the repairs to Buck Palace.
Rightly, many will think that just a tad unfair and will complain. While we do that however, there's a stunning fact we should all consider.
In terms of living standards, the peasant under feudalism was closer to the monarch than the 99% of us are to the elite 1% today.
So if we want to do something about the outrageous gaps between the lives of 'ordinary' folk and the ever more powerful elite who rule us, really, our focus should be on dumping capitalism.
Dave Griffiths, Coventry
Obituary: Bill Graham
Bill Graham, a former supporter of Militant in London, has passed away after a short illness.
Bill was a socialist, trade unionist and defender of the most oppressed. During the 1980s and 90s Bill was active in many campaigns around youth unemployment, housing and fighting racism.
However it was in the anti-poll tax battle that Bill really hit home, building a big campaign in the Camden area that was regularly featured on TV and in the local papers. Bill built a model bailiff-busting squad that was second to none. Needless to say, no bailiffs dared come into his area.
Bill campaigned all his life against injustice, and only recently was with his wife, Josey, in Calais, supporting those fleeing war and terror. That was the measure of the man.
He will be long missed by so many. Our thoughts are with Josey and his family.
Steve Nally Lambeth, south London
The one and only Tristram Hunt MP graced us with his presence recently at our campaign stall in Hanley, Staffordshire. As you would expect, we were slightly surprised by this unusual development.
We were all wondering as he approached us, is he going to sign our petition calling for an end to zero-hour contracts and for a minimum wage of £10 an hour now? But no, he went straight past that one.
Was it to sign our petition against the closure of another 64 local NHS hospital beds, with the threat to 200 nurses' jobs as well? No, he went straight past that one too!
Then we all thought the same thing - no, he can't be interested in the petition calling for deselection of Blairites? Surely not? But we were wrong! This is exactly why he strode so purposefully up to our stall.
And then, talking over three of us who were trying to get a word in edgeways, he hit us with his best shot: "You can't call for deselection, you're not members of the Labour Party," turned on his heel, and strutted off - presumably to lie down in a darkened room somewhere.
The majority of people who have signed our deselection petition are Labour Party members. As soon as he had gone, a load of people who had been listening to him formed a queue to sign.
Stoke Socialist Party
We are always taught that the British Embassy is here to help us when we get in trouble abroad, aren't we? The experience of a friend of mine when he had his passport stolen recently tells a somewhat different story.
Despite the process being called 'provision of an emergency travel document', there is no emergency out-of-hours service, so we had to wait until the following morning to replace the passport.
You also have to make an appointment. You don't, however, make an appointment to have your passport stolen.
There are no photography facilities at the consulate. My friend had to walk to the local photographer who the consulate has a contract with - a familiar pattern for how the British government delivers 'services' - and pay €10 to have his picture taken.
The end result was that my friend had to pay £100 for a flimsy passport, which was exchanged at the Eurostar terminal for a photocopied piece of paper, which was valid only for the journey home.
This is more expensive than the £72.50 cost of a full ten-year passport! Clearly the British consular service sees misfortune as a revenue opportunity.
I found that the consulate treats people with the same contempt and indifference that the government does. Embassies aren't there to protect our interests, but the interests of the elite.
Clive Walder Birmingham
Watching a news programme the following day after Trump's victory, I heard the remark of one American journalist who had followed the Trump campaign.
She mentioned a skilled factory worker she spoke to in one of the deindustrialised 'Rust Belt' states, 30 years old, who had voted Democrat all his life, and was a workplace union rep who had lost his job. "I'm voting Trump because maybe he will bring us jobs back."
That remark speaks volumes to me. Just imagine if Sanders had stood. He could have won.
Chris Fernandez, Derby
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