Richard Pierce

Politics

The Police, Crime, Sentencing, And Courts Bill 2021

The same people pledging to increase
Street lighting are those who turned
The lights off because, they said,
We had to save public money.

The same people pledging to put
More police on the streets are those
Who cleared the streets of police
But endorsed their fatal brutality.

The same people pledging to protect
Our liberties are those who want
To end the right to demonstrate
Even for the lone, badged protester.

The same people pledging to protect
Women are those who abuse them,
Who would punish that protester
More severely than a serial rapist.

The same people pledging their support
For democracy are those who want
To rule absolutely, those who will
Impose on us, the people, tyranny.

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