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This is the News

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This is the News


This is the News

by David Betteridge


Household Cavalry horses run amok
through London streets,
their riders having lost control.

Most days:

Multitudinous rivers of sewage run amuck
through England's brown unpleasant land,
water companies having declined
to exercise control.

Any day soon:

Civilisation finally goes to fuck,
the world's blood-soaked and shitty governments
having been allowed to exercise too much control.


The People rise.
There is a shift in power,
being civilisation's last and only hope.
Workers' control becomes the norm.

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David Betteridge

David Betteridge is the author of a collection of poems celebrating Glasgow and its radical traditions, 'Granny Albyn's Complaint', published by Smokestack Books in 2008. He is also the editor of a compilation of poems, songs, prose memoirs, photographs and cartoons celebrating the 1971-2 UCS work-in on Clydeside. This book, called 'A Rose Loupt Oot', was published by Smokestack Books in 2011.