Poetry – Democracy/Autocracy


There’s a battle going down

                For the best way to control us.

To brainwash us through the media

                Or throw us off the bus.



                                But with

                                                Checks and laws.



                                And control

                                                With vicious claws.

At least in democracy

                We have some say.

In a totalitarian country

                There’s no way.


                Secret Police

                                The despot’s tools.


                Of speech

                                In streets and schools.

If only we had true democracy

                With an unbiased media

And no politician’s lies,

                No spin, no tricks

No self-serving fools

                Or clowns in populist guise.

Until then we’ll just make do.

We can vote them out and renew.

Opher – 21.3.2022

There’s a battle between democracies and autocracies!

Democracies are bad enough – what with spin and lies, propaganda and brainwashing, the population is pulled from pillar to post by the shady characters behind the scene. What with lobbying, corruption, threats and bungs our political system is despicable.

But is I have to choose between this and the brutal repression and loathsome secret police I know which is the lesser of two evils.

The Tory Party Party – er – gathering!!

Yes, your honour – we were a gathering – nibbles, drinks, music and games – just a gathering – nothing illegal.

The Tory Party – Lies and spin. They practice how to lie to the media.

Or, as Chris Patton said yesterday – they are no longer the Tory Party – these are a bunch of extreme nationalists posing as the Tory Party. It’s like the Trumpists taking over the Republican Party. They are both dragging politics into the slime.

Free Speech – One Each!!

Would you feel alright about a foreign power, such as Russia or China, pouring out propaganda to deliberately affect an election?

Would you be happy with a political party deliberately putting out misinformation or lies that were masquerading as truth?

Would you be happy with conspiracy theories being put out on the media and social platforms and being represented as truth?

Would you be happy with terrorist groups (white supremacists, jihadists, neo-nazis, anarchists etc.) pumping out false information and propaganda via the internet?

That is what is currently happening.

There are TV channels that are deliberately putting out misinformation and extremely biased information disguised as news.

Social media has been targeted by political parties as a means of putting out conspiracy and fake news.

Trump has been the master of fake news and conspiracy theories. He has deliberately undermined science, experts and the media while promoting and encouraging conspiracy theories.

Not only do a high percentage of his followers believe the election was stolen, they also believe that the corona virus was a hoax, QAnon is a good source of truthful information, the Deep State is controlling everything and alien lizards are running the planet. They believe democrats hold satanic rituals and drink babies blood. They believe PC is simply wrong and many of them believe the earth is not only flat but was only created 3000 years ago.

All this is defended in the name of free speech.

That opens a lot of questions.

I believe anybody should be able to discuss anything from the holocaust to Jesus, from Hitler to Pol Pot, without censure. They should be free to express their views and be challenged.

But I do not believe that anybody has the right to pump out deliberately false conspiracy as fact and that sites or news channels that deliberately try to lie and spread fake news should be shut down.

It’s a view. What do you think??