Tuesday, July 31, 2018

'ALLO, 'ALLO, WOT 'AVE WE 'ERE? (weekly poem)

The Police Watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct
are investigating Scotland Yard's anti-corruption department.
(The Metropolitan Police's Directorate of Professional Standards)

‘Allo, ‘allo, wot ‘ave we ‘ere,
Corruption in the Met?
The honest citizens old fear,
(Along with police in riot gear)
A real life Fascist threat.

Who’s there policing the police,
These agents of the State?
Who's job it is to 'keep the peace',
Although this may mean 'no release',
For some left to their fate. (1)

Such power is almost bound to be,
An aphrodisiac;
Enjoyed by some of the top brass,
Employed to pressure and kick arse,
Of those that can't fight back. (2)

And as seen at the Miners Strike,
The police are sometimes used;
To undermine and to out-psych,
Opponents governments dislike,
When power is misused.

We see then 'our democracy',
Is merely just a sham;
And the elite's conspiracy,
Is added to malignancy,
In giving not a damn.

(1) Foreign terrorist suspects imprisoned without
trial in 2004 under the Blair Labour Government.

(2) 23 people died in or after police detention in 2017-18. Of these,
17 had been subjected to force/restraint & of this 17, 8 were black.

© Richard Layton

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