Poor old London...sad old place

Condemned to suffer a soiled face

From environmental egos come to visit,

Hardly a cause for welcome, is  it?


Like infants squealing for attention,

Desperate for a media mention,

Never mind if it's hardly unknown news...

Any excuse to virtuously abuse


The hopes of those in dire need

Of getting to hospital to be freed

Of pain and suffering they endure,

Desperate for a speedy cure.


Never  mind the legions who

Create a world for those who DO

And have to suffer mob-minded rants

From mouthy meddling miscreants.


With nothing better today to do

Than make life hard for many who

Have to go to work and earn

So countless others can in turn


Rely on being able to go on

To actually help what could be gone;

But environmental egos seem not to care 

As they pollute poor London's air!







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M.C. Newberry

Tue 15th Oct 2019 15:19

It's a bit like being hooked on chemo,
There's always those who love to demo!
Not to worry about the "cause"
With pious posing that says "up yours"!
Someone's war or someone's "rights" -
There's always something in their sights;
CND - remember that?
Far from Russia and its Commissariat.
Or North Korea - run by mad hatters
But where such protest really matters!
But if arrests are to be had
Better where things aren't that bad!

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Tommy Carroll

Tue 15th Oct 2019 11:19

So in other words 'they' support demonstrations so long as it is ineffective. Anyway how much are people effected by traffic?
Children crushed to death
Children thrown through windscreens
Children's lungs filled with toxic gass
all OK so as long as big boys don't have to wait 15 minutes fo a bus
or drive down a different road.

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Don Matthews

Mon 14th Oct 2019 22:05

" but that initial support can often turn to opposition when people's lives are unduly affected."

True Brian.....

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Mon 14th Oct 2019 20:22

Some of the main offenders of pollution would not even allow such demonstrations in their countries. The UK is a very liberal country and always facilitates such demonstrations, and public opinion is generally in favour of the demonstration, but that initial support can often turn to opposition when people's lives are unduly affected.

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Tommy Carroll

Sat 12th Oct 2019 03:07

News › London
1,220 killed or seriously injured in London road collisions over three months

Ross Lydall
Monday 18 February 2019 12:48

How many people died or were injured by delays?

"But there again, casualties of all kinds - fatal, seriously injured, and slightly injured - went down only fractionally between 2008 and 2009, from a pretty startling 28,153 to a still pretty startling 27,979."
Wow! Imagine that-28,000 killed, seriously and slightly injured in 12 months by yellow vested protesters instead of motorists!!!

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 11th Oct 2019 16:29

London has long been a focal point for demonstrations of all kinds
and I have seen my share in many decades here in this old city.
The present example indicates an unsavoury form of fanaticism
that presumes to know better than the rest of us.
There will always be those ready to join and follow a "cause"
- especially if it is likely to be an attention-grabber for the media.
The comparison with votes for women is somewhat wayward in my own view. That was coming anyway and their actions merely hastened the day. The subject of climate change IS widely known
and discussed across the world with UN levels of concern. What
progress do these ego activists think they are making in the
meantime? To borrow an old line: Methinks they doth protest too much!

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Don Matthews

Fri 11th Oct 2019 15:04

I read this first and just 'liked'. Now I think I'll comment. I think they are more interested in media attention than their cause. It doesn't do the cause any good.

And aren't these sorts of demonstrations becoming a bit old hat?....

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keith jeffries

Thu 10th Oct 2019 23:26

Emily Pankhurst chained herself to the railings of the Palace and women got the vote, but on the other hand I agree with you that the disruption taking place now affects not only people´s livelihoods but life itself when people are being rushed to hospital. Governments need to wake up, this one in particular.

Thanks. Very provocative. Good poem

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