it is wrong ... to imagine that the currently fashionable and approved constitutes the work of permanent importance Alan Bold (1970)
Modern English polite society...
seems to me as corrupt as consciousness of culture and absence of honesty can make it. A canting, lie-loving, fact-hating, scribbling, chattering, wealth-hunting, pleasure-hunting, celebrity-hunting mob
George Bernard Shaw
An Unsocial Socialist (1883)
The want of poetical power is the impelling force in the case of most versifiers. They would fain be poets, and imagine that the best way is to try to write poetry and to publish what they write. They will never see their mistake. Equus asinus still believes that the possession of an organ of noise is sufficient, with a little practice, to enable him to sing like a nightingale.
John Davidson (1857 – 1909)
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oppositional poetry, prose, polemic
AXIS OF SHAME
It is necessary for the socialist poet to have
more impressive technical equipment than his
apolitical contemporaries because his task is that much more important.
...AND YET SHE IS BRINGING HER SHAMBOLIC 'DEAL' BACK TO PARLIAMENT EVEN THOUGH IT WAS REJECTED BY THE LARGEST DEFEAT IN BRITISH POLITICAL HISTORY...
BORIS'S ROGUE GOVERNMENT
ONLY NINE MONTHS IN AND BORIS JOHNSON'S TORY GOVERNMENT HAS GONE ROGUE
THE UK HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF FATALITIES FROM COVID IN EUROPE WITH OVER 60,000 CITIZENS HAVING LOST THEIR LIVES
CARE HOMES WERE EFFECTIVELY LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES
EVEN NOW 'TEST AND TRACE' ISN'T UP TO SCRATCH
AND ON THE CONTINUING SHAMBLES OF BREXIT, JOHNSON HAS NOW BROKEN INTERNATIONAL LAW BY UNILATERALLY REWRITING PART OF THE WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT HE HIMSELF BROKERED AND SPURIOUSLY SOLD TO THE ELECTORATE IN DECEMBER 2019 AS "OVEN READY"; BY DOING SO, NOT ONLY HAS HE SHOWN HIS CONTEMPT FOR THE BRITISH ELECTORATE, HE HAS ALSO IRREVOCABLY TARNISHED THE UK'S INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION FOR STRAIGHT DEALING
JUST HOW MUCH MORE INCOMPETENCE AND GROSS NEGLIGENCE DOES THIS COUNTRY HAVE TO PUT UP WITH FROM THIS CHARLATAN PRIME MINISTER AND HIS MALTHUSIAN PARTY...?
THE RECUSANT IS ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL FUNCTIONING NOW FOLLOWING THE TRANSITION PERIOD OF MOONFRUIT TO A NEW CONTENT PROVIDER. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF REFORMATTING 13 YEARS' WORTH OF ARCHIVED MATERIAL SO THAT ALL PAGES CAN BE FULLY NAVIGABLE USING V6 PAGE LENGTHENING FUNCTIONS WHICH WILL MEAN EVENTUALLY ALL PAGES CAN BE READ BY SIMPLY USING THE SIDE BAR RATHER THAN THE TEXT BOX ARROWS AS BEFORE.
'BORIS' THE MORAL ABOMINATION
"Let the bodies pile high!" says our unscrupulous prime minister... well they already have, 150,000 to date! Cummings: “Tens of thousands of people died who didn't have to!" Now Johnson washes his hands of it all and reopens everything during the third wave! How many more "bodies" does this criminally irresponsible prime minister want to see "pile up"?
19 July 2021: "Freedom to get Infected Day"!
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