I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE
I have seen the Future
And it is the Past.
Rationing and the blackmarket
Rousing speeches from the Leader
Plenty of Death.
When your electrity and water supply fail
When garbage rots in the streets
When there are not enough doctors and nurses to staff the hospitals
When the police force is denuded by sickness
When the Army is shooting looters
When Anarchy comes knocking to take what you have
The very trusses of society will creak
And we will discover that
Democracy and Civilisation
Which we have taken for granted for so long
Were very fragile constructs indeed.