Militant Thistles

polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"

atos Poor Doors Sheriff Stars spikes

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle bedroom tax Disrupt and Upset

Geoff Lander

Quantitative Easing



What has this policy done for you?

As much as it's done for the ruinous leeches?

Have the vast handouts passed somewhat askew,

strengthened the poor or the world's Merrill Lynches;

the tax credit claimant or super-rich few;

the getting-by-nicely or ravenous creatures?


The need for re-balancing's long overdue,

read the Canadanian's vacuous speeches.

It seems QE's tinged with a mildly blue hue,

for everyone else though, austerity features –

healthy belt tightening and turns of the screw.

Tell me much talked about hard-working species,

has any great benefit seeped down to you?




A Bucket of Hoggwash



A list of new peers and the nation's agog,

which toady or donor's made Lord?

Blimey, the moat-cleaner, third Viscount Hogg –

some think the system is flawed.


Dougie, dear chap, come and join the eight hundred –

the great and the good and the smarmy,

clearing your reeds should be publicly funded

the Telegraph witch-hunt was balmy.


Dog house and duck house, remember the story,

and we get it, plaintive PM!

But theirs is the kingdom, of course, and the glory,

and power forever. Amen.

Geoff Lander lives in South East London, in a borough where social service are rarer than hen's teeth. He is old enough to remember a Labour government being elected and to have voted for it. He tries to maintain with the smallest footprint possible, a left footprint. His light verse is to be found mainly on the humorous website Lighten up on Line. He was in The Robin Hood Book, but he largely keeps himself to himself.