Poetry – Telling the Truth

Telling the Truth

The dead don’t talk

But their wounds tell a story.

Animals can’t talk

But their ivory speaks volumes.

Trees can’t talk

Bure bare soil tells the tale.

Humans can talk

But their words are often lies.

Opher 28.10.2018

There’s a disaster going on. It’s all around us. But if you ask about it you’ll only be told untruths.

There’s wanton destruction going on in the name of profit; in the name of progress.

Money never tells the truth.

Dawn Butler and the Lying Prime Minister!

Two Tory MPs were suspended for a day for trying to put pressure on a judge in the trial of one of their friends – interfering with the country’s impartial legal system! – surely punishable by a jail sentence!

Dawn Butler was suspended for a day for calling the Prime Minister a liar and citing the lies.

How many more lies?? When are the Tories going to be held to account for what they do??

The Tory Party – Donors to the Wealthy.

It was always thus!! They take from the poor and give to the rich while talking of levelling up and lying!

Robin Hood in reverse!

The give contracts to their hopeless friends. They dosh out billions to those all already have billions while it’s pay cuts for everybody else.

They spend millions on vanity projects like the Brexit plane and new Royal Yacht but pay cuts for nurses.

They are a bunch of con artists!

Ever been had! The clown is robbing you while you smile. £840 a roll wallpaper. Wine, caviar and champagne free on the house!!

Corruption and sleaze washed down with lies and a jolly Billy Bunter veneer.

Devious, ruthless, greedy Tories.

Tory Hypocrisy over the NHS

Richard Burgon MP 

4 July 2018  · At #PMQs today, every Conservative MP is wearing an “NHS 70” badge – to mark 70 years since they voted against its creation.

70 years ago the Tories did everything they could to stop the NHS coming into existence. Today they say they love it but are busy privatising as much of it as they can.

SAFE IN THEIR HANDS??? Nothing is safe in their grubby hands.

World Beating lies!!

The meaningless cheerleading of a buffoon, clown and lazy nincompoop.

Instead of effective government we are saddled with glib optimistic nonsense!!

Who could have seen this coming??

Nobody else could have done any better!!

You feel like shouting – ‘WWWAAAAAAKKKKKEEE UUUUPPPP!!!!!!!’

Thanks Chris Riddell.

Poetry – Post-Truth Era

Post-Truth Era

Truth is now a commodity

They sell to the likes of you and me.

They spin the facts to tell the lies

Without a thought to where’s or whys.

Their intent is to deceive;

To alter the truth that we believe.

I couldn’t make it any clearer!

We’re living in the post-truth era.

They use algorithms to detect our fears

And feed us garbage to draw our tears.

They know the things that we desire

And offer dreams to take us higher.

They rig elections and alter our vote

From websites that are not so remote.

I couldn’t make it any clearer!

We’re living in the post-truth era.

Democracy can’t survive this war

We have to ask: ‘what are they doing it for?’

They manipulate us like we were dough –

Half-baked and never in the know.

Every expert is rubbished and denied

All their pronouncements are decried.

I couldn’t make it any clearer!

We’re living in the post-truth era.

They seek the power and they want our loot.

As for freedom and fairness they don’t give a hoot!

Sowing confusion into all our thought

So we never do what we know we ought

Paranoia and conspiracy theory is their game

Until we don’t even know who to blame.

I couldn’t make it any clearer!

We’re living in the post-truth era.

Even those who consider themselves free

Are being fed with lies of conspiracy

Ignoring the news from the BBC and Fox

They absorb their facts from Messrs Goldilocks

In this pernicious web of smears and lies

We are sowing the seeds of our own demise.

I couldn’t make it any clearer!

We’re living in the post-truth era.

Science is now completely debunked

As our way of life is now defunct.

Superstition rules as the new age is spawned

Rationality will not even be mourned.

This is the age of creationists and flat-earth

As a new age of fascism is given its birth.

I couldn’t make it any clearer!

We’re living in the post-truth era.

Opher 6.8.2018

I find it utterly chilling to look at the way our lives are being broken down to algorithms so that we can be controlled. They not only know our shopping habits but our political views, likes and dislikes, personality type, fears and hopes. They use it to manipulate us.

No election is safe. We are now targeted with information that plays on our fears. We are fed misinformation to sow doubt. It plays on our emotions and undermines our rational thought. We are told we are being swamped with rapists, terrorists and murderers so that our way of life is being deliberately destroyed. We are told that Fascists, like Tommy Robinson and Trump have the answers. Indeed, Western civilisation is under threat.

Well it is.

But not from the sources we are being told. It is under threat from the algorithms that enable these populists to control us. The threat is from the ones who want power and want our money and will stop at nothing to get it.

Who is it that profits when the West is thrown into confusion? Who is making the money? Who is rising in power? Who is telling us that everything emanating from scientists and experts is all  ‘Project Fear’ and that climate change is not real, Brexit is good for us? Who stands to gain?

Who is getting shafted?

Poetry – Freedom


Freedom is solitude.

Even the breeze must follow

The contours of the hills;

The trees roots obey

The pull of gravity;

The mighty seas be thwarted

By the cliffs.

Even the planets are held

In place by laws.

Nothing is truly free

Unless utterly on its own.

And nothing is free

Of the universe.

Freedom is being at peace

With where you are.

Freedom is nothing more

Than a state of mind –

A coming to terms

With compromise.

Opher 28.7.2018

I wrote this in response to a bunch of American right-wingers on a site I contribute to. They believe they stand for freedom yet they represent the most conservative and conforming bunch of people I’ve ever encountered. They believe they are maverick and unrestricted yet they are so tribal and stereotyped that their minds are completely closed. They are unable to see any other viewpoint.

They believe tax is robbery and government should not interfere with peoples’ lives without seeing that giving a small elite of the strong and powerful power and control is merely bullying. They believe it is alright to do whatever they like without regard to law, the environment or others. I think they confuse licence with freedom.

They talk of freedom but become belligerent and abusive if you express a view different to their own. They will beat you to a pulp for being a communist, gay or Muslim. They wish to take away the rights of people to decide on contraception, abortion, religion and gender.

They believe in God, Country and the gun and despise equality and those who are different.

Their freedom is being exactly in line with everyone else.

Their freedom is everyone else’s terror and subjugation.

Perhaps they need locking up for their own (or our own) good? I think they could be free in solitary.

Poetry – Truth Decay

Truth Decay

Oral hygiene has taken a dive –

As politics talks – lies come alive.

The stench of the lying rancid breath

Is the sweet reek of democracy’s death.

We live in the age of Truth Decay

I need a political dentist to save the day.

Fake facts and fabrications are spouted forth

By spin doctors and web sites South and North.

Designed to obfuscate, cast doubt and deceive

They undermine everything that we believe.

Conspiracy theories are trotted out with glee

By those who enjoy confusing you and me.

We never landed on the moon

And the CIA brought down the towers.

Global warming is a leftist plot

And ISIS is controlled by some of ours.

Obama was from Africa

No way was he true American.

Clinton is a warmongering bitch

Lock her up! We need a Republican.

Abortion is murder and overpopulation a myth,

Scientists are the politicians’ tools.

Mass migration is a terrorist scheme –

What we need are bigger walls.

The Jews are behind everything that’s wrong

We need to keep the race pure.

There are tides washing in from the shit-hole States

And arriving on our shore!

We’re red-neck flat-earthers proud and free!

Nobody would catch us taking a knee!

We love our flag and our country!

We love our guns

And you’d best not disagree!

Truth Decay has taken hold!

Truth Decay has gone to the head.

Truth Decay is the symptom

That America is Dead!!!

Opher 28.7.2018

I’m pretty sick of the stupid right-wing conspiracy theories that abound in the States! The cry of Fake News has undermined the whole fabric of society and polarised the population.

Hatred and division has gotten Trump elected and he thrives on it. There is not even the pretence of ruling all the people. He rules his mob.

Fake news is going to result in a lot of deaths but it’ll make Trump very much richer.