Like the writer, poems are not the normal metier on this blog, but it expresses my and their views so well, I thought I’d share it with you.
I don’t generally write poems (I prefer songs), but I was so annoyed about the BBC (and other broadcasters, for that matter) excluding the Green Party from the TV General Election debates that I felt compelled to write one. Let me know your thoughts.
This is the blackout –
when our broadcaster,
owned by us,
refuses us the chance to hear another view.
When a million Green voters are blocked of their voice
because the Beeb doesn’t have a clue
that the party system is ripping open,
that politics is different now.
This is the blackout.
It’s a blackout when one rising party gets a slot,
but another doesn’t.
When four white, rich, ageing men
get yet another platform
but a left-wing woman
has to wait it out.
When we’re allowed to hear
from the up-starts if they’re pro-austerity –
radicals can forget it.
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