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Broken Britain – A book of poetry – Available in Paperback, Hardback and digital – The Preface

After 12 Years of Tory Austerity we are truly broken!


In 2022 we are living in the debris of a broken nation.

The place is being run for the benefit of the top 1% at the expense of the rest of us. The politicians are self-serving puppets for a cabal of billionaires. The media is a propaganda machine whose job it is to control and pacify.

The Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Sun, Daily Telegraph and Times pour out their daily dose of venom, lies and vitriol to poison the minds of the gullible. Even the BBC is stained.

The media  is controlled by billionaires who use it to promote their own self-interest – at our expense.

Back in time, when the protests forced their hand, they gave the vote to the people. At the time they thought it would mean the end of their games, but they learnt how to handle democracy. With the use of spin, lies and propaganda, backed up by force, they successfully controlled how the majority voted.

There were barely sufficient compromises made to keep the masses working and prevent civil unrest – barely and no more.

If ever the establishment was threatened they turned the full might of the propaganda machine against the threat. The money markets were deployed. The wealthy withdrew their cash. The brainwashing ensured that the threat did not materialise. The system prevailed.

‘Vote for anti-establishment parties and the economy would crash’. The people believed it!

The left-wing, and it’s striving for fairness and justice, was demonised. They were painted extreme and insane. The status quo was maintained. The country was run for the rich, by the rich. The politicians were bribed, threatened and seduced. Money talks.

All that matters is cash and power.

The system runs on slogans, promises and lies. Meanwhile the wealthy prosper and the rest suffer austerity.

Over these last twelve years of Tory rule the public services have been gutted, the needy thrown to the wolves, the politicians have passed through the revolving door to perpetual wealth and the rest of us pick up the bill.

Everything is politics.

The media is dumbed down to keep us quiet. A population obsessed with Strictly and Love Island is not going to educate themselves about politics.

Power and greed rule and faceless billionaires pull the strings, guiding us to Armageddon through lobbying, bribes and threats.

The politicians are in their pockets.

They’ve robbed so much, created such poverty, reduced workers’ rights to such an extent, that people are desperately trying to hold down three jobs just to keep their heads above water.

Every catastrophe, from Brexit to Covid to Putin, is exploited in order to put more money in the vaults of the wealthy. For them tax is optional and the loopholes are never closed.

The Cayman Islands are sinking under the weight of gold.

Democracy depends on unbiased information.

There is no unbiased information.

There is no scrutiny, no accountability and no justice.

Britain is utterly broken!

They contrived to put a buffoon – a lying, idle clown – in charge. The media made us love him. They portrayed the self-serving, over-privileged chancer as a loveable rogue. He was always a cynical, calculating conman out to feather his nest.

They contrived to put an arrogant moron in charge. She promised them a fortune in order to get elected.

They put us through a catastrophic Brexit which has not only wrecked our world standing but ruined our economy.

They mismanaged Covid so that billions was put into the pockets of wealthy profiteers.

Everything is run for this elite group.

Everything is run for profit.

The future is of no concern.

Twelve years of Tory greed has produced this. Twelve years of Tory power has put fatter multimillion-pound bonuses in the pockets of bankers while kids starve and freeze and our cities are controlled by drug gangs.


Opher 17.10.2022


Chris Ridell cartoonist. The Covid-19 virus – it isn’t over yet.

He’s right – this isn’t over by a long chalk.

We’ve probably got months of the virus yet!

That will be thousands of deaths!

There might be mutations!

There are the antivaxxers undermining herd immunity!

There’s Trump, Bolsonaro and Johnson!

Then it’s all going to have to be paid for and who do you think is going to pick up that tab?? You guessed it!!

Poetry – Cuts, Cuts, Cuts and More Cuts

Cuts, Cuts, Cuts and More Cuts

Health and education

Are looking mighty ripe.

Tories eye up the situation.

Unions may whinge and gripe.

While the government

Splash the cash to chums.

Those in public services

Know the reaper comes.

The bankers make a killing

Their profits rise and rise.

One man twenty one million

Just falling from the skies.

Phoney PPI and equipment

At inflated prices.

As friends of the Tories

Make fortunes out of crisis.

Morality does not exist

When there’s money to be made.

With bullying and dodgy deals

Their devious schemes are laid.

Tories apply their ideology

Without any ifs or buts.

Public servants know what that means

Cuts, cuts, cuts and more cuts.

Opher – 21.11.2020

So once again it is clear – it’s the poor who will pay for covid – just as it was the poor who paid for the bankers mistakes.

Are the wealthy being squeezed?? NO!!

Are the bonuses being reduced?? NO!!

Are the profits being reduced?? NO!!

Are the companies being taxed?? NO!!

No. No. No. No.

Some people, including people in government, like Rees-Mogg, are making a killing out of all this. They are laughing all the way to the bank. A lot of the people who have poured cash into the Tory party have made a fortune as contracts have been flooding their way – no tendering, no checks, inflated prices accepted without question, no quality control.

We’ll be paying for Brexit too!!

The dice are loaded!!

Clapped one week, crapped on the next!!

Key workers my arse!!

A Political song about Tory policy.

Cuts Cuts Cuts Cuts

Take from the poor and give to the rich

Cuts Cuts Cuts Cuts

Leave them naked without a stitch

Cuts Cuts Cuts Cuts

Take from the schools the NHS too

Cuts Cuts Cuts Cuts

Who needs those when private will do?

Cuts Cuts Cuts Cuts

The social care we’ll slash to bits

Cuts Cuts Cuts Cuts

Disabled and elderly can stew in their pits

Cuts Cuts Cuts Cuts

For the rich need the lot, they really do

Cuts Cuts Cuts Cuts

They’re worth it you see – unlike you!

Austerity doesn’t work – no debt paid off – huge inequality!!

austerity-isnt-working-steve-bell Osborne-stone-Routledge-cartoon

Austerity and the unfairness of how it works.

The rich get richer and the poor get squashed. Public services get smashed and the rich use their private services to gain even more advantage.

Austerity favours the establishment.

Too many people on the poverty line requiring food banks, on zero hours contracts and being used as cheap labour by the rich.

When people get paid so little the taxes go down and the national debt gets even bigger.

The unfairness of tax cuts for the rich while the poor suffer pay cuts.

Too many bankers bonuses, rich-cats pay rises while the Public Sector is annihilated due to pure Tory dogma.

What sort of divided society are we creating? It stinks!!

When people are abused so much, when inequality reaches a peak, they spontaneously rise up and smash the system. We nearly saw it with the riots of a few years back. We’re storing trouble for the future.

The Tories and the bankers run a pretty shady business of looking after their rich buddies and toffs. Austerity was a great excuse.