Opher talks to Opher about politics.

‘OK Opher, let’s start with a few easy ones – are you political?’

‘Yes. Ultimately I have come to realise that every aspect of our lives is run by politics. If you are engaged with life then you are political.’

‘So how would you describe your politics.’

‘I’m left of centre. I do not fully subscribe to any political group. Idealistically I would be a communist – but in reality they have a habit of developing totalitarian regimes. So I veer towards socialism – I’m a mixture of Greens and Social Democrat. In Britain I tend to support either Labour or the Greens and oppose the whole basic tenet of the Tory party.’

‘Were you always political?’

‘No – not at all. As a youth I was extremely anti-establishment and aligned with the sixties counterculture. I believed that the establishment runs the world. They are the wealthy elite who via corruption and funding, along with control of the media, control the political parties. I was apolitical in terms of how I saw all political parties as being controlled by that elite and as bad as each other. So I wanted out of society. I wanted to have a life that did not support a world run for greed – a more simple life that I felt was more creative, more meaningful, more fulfilling, less hypocritical and more fulfilling.’

‘I have always believed in fairness. That has led me to place equality at the centre of my thinking. All people are not equal but they are of equal worth. They all deserve a fair share or at least the opportunity. I want a level playing field.’

‘But you changed.’

‘Yes a little. I still believe that though. The wealthy elite control things and are a destructive force exploiting us and the planet, plundering, creating wars and leaving huge poverty and inequality in their wake.’

‘So what is different in your views?’

‘I discovered that you cannot live outside of society. There is no escape – leastways if you want to be in contact with friends and family. You are caught up in the game. Then I became a teacher. I found that there was a big difference between political parties. When the Tories were in power the public services were cut and money given to the wealthy in tax cuts. When Labour were in power the schools, hospitals and youth services were better funded and that made a big difference. They were both still controlled by the same powerful elite (in different ways) but politics made a big difference to those at the bottom.’

‘I also see things on a global scale. The big issues cannot be dealt with locally. The environmental issues, overpopulation, pollution, global warming, poverty, war, tax evasion, crime, racism, multinationals, corruption. They are not restricted by artificial national boundaries. We need a global view to deal with them. That leads me to put my faith in a structure like the UN.’

‘But surely global politics can be exploited by that global elite? You could be giving them total control.’

‘Yes – but I believe we have to find a way of putting in safeguards. We have to foremost protect the environment, tackle overpopulation and poverty and make the world a better place for everyone! That political! I’m still an idealist. I believe we can make things better.’

Poetry – Coalition 2010 – John Phillips

Another John Phillips poem from Shorts and Shots:

Coalition 2010


A clanging gong.


Caring Conservatism.


The Big Society.


Hard-working families.


All in it together.






Grubby little piglet

Snuffling in his trough.

Wants to eat up everything

And still can’t get enough.






Signed a pledge

With empty talking.

Sold his soul

He’s Dead Man Walking.

Woody Guthrie on Automation and A/I.

The result of automation and artificial intelligence is to put people out of work and concentrate the wealth in a smaller number of hands.

It can end up with a divided nation – the extremely wealthy and the destitute.

However, in the right hands it could end up with a three day week, job sharing, a sharing of the increased wealth and greater leisure and prosperity for all!

I wonder which it will be?

Here’s so Woody Guthrie thoughts on the matter:

‘I went to work in a big steel mill

And I guess I’d have been there still:

But they invented a big machine

And a million men went over the hill

To the poor house – unwanted,

Unneeded, unwelcome guests.’


‘I always thought of a big machine

As the way the Lord his people blessed;

But in the hands of the selfish man,

The more you’re blessed, the worse it gets.’

The BBC – now an instrument of government. I fear for democracy!!

The BBC used to be a bastion of unbiased news. It has been loaded with Tory stooges and become a purveyor of government policy.

Ministers are no longer allowed to be questioned or government policy scrutinised.

The replacement of Emily Maitliss is a travesty.

I fear for democracy when such blatant bias is revealed. We are being manipulated by propaganda. The BBC has become an instrument of government and is a farce.



Poetry – Test My Eyesight

Could it be that Mr Cumming’s poor eyesight made it hard for him to read the rules he had written???

Test My Eyesight


I think I’ll take a daytrip

Just to test my eyesight out.

When you can’t see too well

It’s best to drive about.

I know we’re not allowed to roam

But this is an emergency

We’ve both been stuck inside our home

Fed-up with TV.


We’ve got a child to look after

What if we become ill?

We’ve driven half the country

And evaded the old Bill,

To deliver him to grandparents

They‘re old but they’re not poor.

Fleeing from a covid hotspot

To take refuge next door.


Though the wife was ill

We’re not spreading the disease!

I made up the rules

So I can do just as I please.

We’ve been in isolation –

Apart from going out.

We’re helping herd immunity

What’s the fuss is all about?


So me and the mrs

We’ll visit a castle or two,

Just to see if we can drive,

And it’s her birthday too!

We’re not breaking any laws –

As laid down in the land.

If we manage sixty miles

Three hundred will be grand.


I’m just testing my eyesight

So I can get back to work.

I wouldn’t want people to think

That from responsibilities I shirk!

No! I’m a key worker!

More important than you!

I make my own rules up

And do what I want to do!


Apologise?? You must be mad!

Why such a stink?

I’ve done nothing wrong!

I was acting on instinct!

I know everyone’s been struggling

And making sacrifice.

Surely if ‘they’ all stay at home

That’s enough to suffice??


Opher – 27.5.2020

Poetry – Covid for Reg and Iris – For Mr Cummings

Covid for Reg and Iris


I’ve been in isolation for ten weeks now.

It’s been a terrible time.

The wife, she’s had covid

And she’s hardly in her prime.

I struggled to look after her,

And then the wife’s father died

But we couldn’t attend the funeral

We had to stay inside.

I was worried that I’d get sick too

And then who’d look after us

But if you give in to worry

You’ll jump beneath a bus.

So we struggled on

And somehow we’ve got through

It’s left the wife real weak though

Hardly a ‘small flu’.

We’ve been scared and terrified

Without family support.

No-one to talk to,

And shopping to be bought.

Every time I stepped outside

I thought I’d catch the virus

And end up dying on my own

And then who’d look after Iris?

We do everything we’re told to

And are always washing hands.

There’s just one rule for us

Another for those who rule these lands.

But if they go spreading the disease

It’s not them’d die.

We’re the ones it’d do in

Iris and I.


Opher – 27.5.2020

What part of the instructions did you not understand Mr Cummings???

What part of the instructions did you not understand Mr Cummings???

If anyone in the household displays symptoms (like your wife):

  • Everyone in the household should stay at home for 14 days.
  • That means, if possible, you should not go out even to buy food or essentials.
  • You must stay at home.
  • You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.

I can’t see anything in those guidelines that suggests you can drive 250 miles, with a sick wife displaying symptoms, to visit your grandparents and set up a new home next door. Neither does it suggest that you can pop out for the day to visit castles even if it is a birthday!!

My son and his wife had covid symptoms with three young children in the house. They live the other side of the country. Would it have been OK for them to drive over to us? He’s a nurse – not some useless lying cretin – but he followed the rules.

So Mr Cummings – what part of the rules (that you helped put together) did you not understand??? Or was it that you thought they applied to everyone else but not yourself??

Mr Johnson – does that mean we can all interpret the rules how we like???

Where does this leave all the people who have been fined for breaking the rules (or who have lost their jobs)??

Poetry – All Together

All Together


We are doing this together;

Everyone the same!

We’re making sacrifices –

Playing the game!

Everyone following the rules –

Staying at home!

Slightest symptom –

Not allowed to roam!

We’re all supporting each other

And missing family.

I cannot go to them.

They cannot come to me!

All except Dominic Cummings!!


Opher – 24.5.2020