comrade osborne and the little red book

comrade osborne and the little red book


The chancellor’s autumn statement
and McDonnell’s quoting Mao!
It’s a joke. A jest. A jolly jape
to illustrate just how
George is selling off our assets
to global profiteers
and the Chinese state is buying up
the things which we hold dear
while the media says... nothing
a conspiracy of silence
on illiterate economics
and structural state violence
against the vulnerable and needy
the sick, the weak, the poor
while under Georgie-boy’s agenda
those who have will get still more.

So, a quote from Mao. It’s theatre.
Or is it thoughtcrime? Watch the spin
from a free press owned by powerful men
who say the sky is falling in
and the world is surely ending
and the only thing it took
was to point at a pantomime villain
and quote from Chairman Mao’s little red book.
Because the Mail has wet its knickers
The Sun’s gone apoplectic
they see the thin end of a fat red wedge
of Marxist dialectic.
There’s communists in Westminster!
The left are going loony!
Corbyn causes cancer!
He’s a Trotskyist! A Moonie!
He hates you and your children!
He’s dangerous, and weird!
If Labour get their hands on power
they’ll make you all grow beards
and call your children Karl and Castro,
Leon, Che, and Vladimir,
while your hope dies in collectives
and your lives are lived in fear!

Hysteria and hyperbole
employed with one sole aim
to solidify the status quo
fix the rules, and rig the game
while the ground is sold beneath our feet
our future swept away
and airstrip one is put in hock
while capital makes hay.
And when your children ask who did this?
and when, and why, and how
remember the chancellor’s autumn statement
and McDonnell, quoting Mao.

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Patricio LG

Sun 31st Jan 2016 16:31

I've just read this Steve, wow it blew my mind, it's so true how they demonise all the achievements that Mao Tse Tung achieved, although there was an obvious flaw in communism due to individualistic greed on behalf of those in power and the suppression of free thoughts but on the whole it had a point!, They are trying to do the same to Jeremy Corbyn too and frighten people away from voting the so called 'Loony Left' . Where as I think he seems to be one of the most refreshing honest people (besides Michael Foot) that I have ever seen in politics. We shall obviously find out when/if he is elected to Power (I say power lightly because we are in the pockets of the Americans and the Chinese and it seems the new kids on the block, the Indians) but for now while he can speak change I believe he means it, The press are running scared from this government by all the corrupt laws that are being passed in the house to make free speech illegal. And as for George Osborne well, I get angry thinking about him. Anyway enough, I could write a book on the stuff that makes me angry. You are a brilliant poet. Thank you

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 1st Dec 2015 16:32

Hi SP - I think it was the mention of things being
flogged off and bought up by distant (opportunist?)
emerging economies and the concept that the "family
silver" is being sold off for whatever purpose that caused
the flag-waving for what can't, in fact, be bought in the
long term of future generations.

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steve pottinger

Tue 1st Dec 2015 09:06

Thanks for your comment, MC. Stirring stuff. I'm not sure it addresses any of the points in the poem, though. Are you sure you posted it in the right place?

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 30th Nov 2015 16:37

There's one thing the world can't take from this island
nation: it's enviable (and envied) creative/inventive
genius and its huge "merchant venturer" experience
gained by intrepid souls setting out to trade that genius
to the world in other days and establishing the
reputation of the country as somewhere worth doing
business with. Sure, certain industries have been
taken over by emerging lands with labour costs we can't
match so we have to change and vary our skills to keep
up with a changing marketplace. Any chancellor and his
team need to "keep up with that essential keeping up".
Ask the world of film here in the UK how it has become
so profitable...and it's a fair bet a sensible govt. policy
of support/taxation has been a primary cause of its global success. And there are others. Adaptability is
the secret of success.
"Always look on the bright side of life..."

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steve pottinger

Fri 27th Nov 2015 15:35

What I love about poetry, and why I always return to it, is that it allows me to find the right words to express my take on things in a way which I all too often fail to do the rest of the time. I just have to wait and be patient.

So, Tommy, you'll get back to it when you're ready. I don't doubt it. :-)

And Laura, I'm glad you liked it! :-)

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Laura Taylor

Fri 27th Nov 2015 11:34

Ha. Bloody well said comrade! :D

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 27th Nov 2015 01:06

Steve I have read your work, I need to face it up again. Poetry is a kick in the shins. Fuck poetry. I'll try.

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