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Abstract

By Scott Bailey 2017


Abstract
That seems to be the government’s plan
Absent
And
Subtracting
Taking away
From those who need it most
With a complete lack or guilt
Or morals

Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Politics, Writing

Swarm

By Scott Bailey 2017

Around the towering icon
The overgrown child
The mad fool with power
They swarmed
Bringing their stings
And their anger
Buzzing at last!

On the sidelines
Stood the keepers
Ready with their smoke
Ready to reap their honey

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Read It! Don’t let it come to pass!

Humanity reduced to a bottom line.


Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead, they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution.

Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark on a journey against the forces arraigned against them, forces of state and self-doubt.

Ultimately their paths converge on a dangerous road and the discovery of an ancient secret.

One one level this is a story about how different people react the ever growing and relentless pressure of everyday oppression. It explores their journeys as they are broken and rebuilt and investigates their modes and motivations for rebelling.

At another level it is a critique on the darker side of capitalism and free markets and how that has driven us further and further away from the evolutionary advantage that gave us supremacy in the first place. It questions whether the human race has doomed itself or whether we still have the capacity to wrench ourselves from the track we have so tightly committed our society upon.

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Mankind Limited – Nothing Changed

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Mankind Limited – Pebble

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Mankind Limited – Fascinated

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My dark dystopian vision is starting to look like a brighter alternative!

Humanity reduced to a bottom line.


Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead, they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution.

Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark on a journey against the forces arraigned against them, forces of state and self-doubt.

Ultimately their paths converge on a dangerous road and the discovery of an ancient secret.

One one level this is a story about how different people react the ever growing and relentless pressure of everyday oppression. It explores their journeys as they are broken and rebuilt and investigates their modes and motivations for rebelling.

At another level, it is a critique on the darker side of capitalism and free markets and how that has driven us further and further away from the evolutionary advantage that gave us supremacy in the first place. It questions whether the human race has doomed itself or whether we still have the capacity to wrench ourselves from the track we have so tightly committed our society upon.

Read an excerpt here.

Available as

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or hardback

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Posted in Health, Poetry, Politics, Writing

Kids

By Scott Bailey © 2021

What am I?
A stat?
A pawn in political games?
The means to fast gains?
Am I to be educated?
Or protected?
Am I a spreader?
A killer of the old?
Vulnerable?
Nobody has asked me.
About my heart.
My lungs!
My emotion!
My whole life,
Is in the hands of the greedy and corrupt.

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The New God

By Scott Bailey © 2018

There was
This civilisation
That worshipped
A God
A new God
Not a water god
Nor a sun god
Not a god of the earth at all
But like all gods
Before
This one promised
Safety and security
In return
For absolute
Fealty
When times were hard
Lives were demanded
And lives were given
Though tears were shed
It was accepted
And the God was given a name
To ease the pain
And make the people
Forget
They were enslaved
Made them think
They were a part
Of something bigger
They called this new God
The Economy
Stock Market Graphs
Image from Pixabay

Seemed appropriate for today – after all keeping the schools open demonstrate’s exactly this thinking.

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Offensive

Just putting this one out there.

Latest Ad from the Home Office

And this?

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Health, Politics

Dancing Disaster

So this is a direct quote from Theresa May’s speech at the Tory Conference.

Leaving without a deal – introducing tariffs and costly checks at the border – would be a bad outcome for the UK and the EU.

It would be tough at first, but the resilience and ingenuity of the British people would see us through.

Was that supposed to be inspiring somehow? All I got from that as is this.

Doesn’t matter how bady we fuck it up – doesn’t affect us. You poor sods can bear the brunt of it.

Again

She is literally dancing on the graves of her victims.

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Victims of Spite

By Scott Bailey 2018

Oxfam and the Government
Feels like tit for tat
A fight of spite
All the while
The hungry still go hungry
The victims remain
Victims

The very existence of charity
Condemns those who rule

Image from Pixabay

 

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Guest Poem – Mankind Limited

I was surprised to get a message from a friend and colleague – a rap poem – inspired by my novel Mankind Limited.

I thought I would share it here;

Also, check out their music on their own site https://urbanhippies.bandcamp.com/.

Here is the poem.

 

Mankind Ltd

By J McKay

Where the kindness of man is limited
Capitalist cooperation that will see your dreams diminished

I see humans but no humanity
Just vanity
Losing my sanity
People escaping to virtual reality
Because reality
Is is now a dark place
Lives taken because of their race
Deals done with a cash filled suitcase
Suit and tie
Led by
The pied piper
on a never ending Rat race

Mankind LTD
Where the kindness of man is limited
Capitalist cooperation that will see your dreams diminished

Whats wrong with the world Mumma?
Rehiring the war drummer
Reigniting feuds with a different Color
Future hasn’t looked glummer
Worlds heating up like an Indian summer
Enough money to fight, nothing done about world hunger
So I wonder
Is the war drummer
Just An opportunity to showcase the chopper gunner
To damage infrastructure,
To take lives from a culture
Take fathers from youngsters
Circling above like vultures
Targets are hidden deep under
bombs are nothing but a stain on a water color

Mankind LTD
Where the kindness of man is limited
Capitalist cooperation that will see your dreams diminished

Sensationalised snippets
Bunch of hypocrites
With a hidden agenda to make your opinions fit
Emotional counterfeit
Drink down the whole truth, don’t just sip it
Don’t read a headline and then just skip it
Hounding hashtags like a whippet
Tweet tweet
But you ain’t no pipit
Reference to a bird incase you didn’t get it
Daily disposable media, how you gonna fill it?
Click bait
To get those click through rates
Hooked on a headline
Served up on a plate

Mankind LTD
Where the kindness of man is limited
Capitalist cooperation that will see your dreams diminished

At war with Nature
Where is this the legislator
It’s not out governments, there just a manipulator
Facilitators
For the rape of our lands by dictators
Hard to be inhalators
Of these demonstrators
Because trees are our main respirators
Think there an accelerator
For improving nature
But there blinded by a broken alternator

Mankind LTD
Where the kindness of man is limited
Capitalist cooperation that will see your dreams diminished

 

 

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Dark Truths

By Scott Bailey © 2016

It is dark but true
Uncomfortable evidence
When we dig deeper

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Posted in Politics

Brexit – who’s to blame

… and who will get the blame?

So in the continuing aftermath of the referendum result there has been a lot of talk about the Leave campaign lies and the intelligence of those who fell for them.

But surely those behind the Remain campaign must shoulder some of the blame? They didn’t run a good enough campaign. They didn’t do a good enough job.

They didn’t convince enough undecideds.

For example. Since the result there has been a great deal made of the lack of Brexit plan.

So why the hell wasn’t that a prominent part of the Remain campaign. Why wasn’t that weakness exposed and capitalised on before the result. A few well placed questions by people who should have known enough to ask them would have exposed it.

“What’s you plan to rebuild the economy if we leave Mr Johnson?”

“How exactly are we going to control immigration Mr. Gove?”

“What’s that? You don’t know? You don’t have a plan?”

“So the economic benefits you predict? Where did you get that information? Tea leaves? Your horoscope? With no plan I can’t see any other way.”

And I can foresee worse to come.

All those who brought this about have jumped ship. The Conservative leadership contest is a farce. Whoever get elected is surely going to dilly dally over triggering Article 50. That will trigger a general election as the people will want their will enacting. (You can just see the headlines!)

The media will suddenly be very supportive of Jeremy Corbyn and he will promise to trigger the article. That will win him the final support he needs to get in. He may have campaigned for Remain but I think his democratic principles will leave him no choice.

So he will be the one who has to trigger article 50.

So in the end those behind Leave will get everything they wanted without having to shoulder any of the blame or responsibility.

I smell a set up.

If, as we fear and suspect it all goes south, they can blame Corbyn. If it works out against the odds they can claim the credit and say – told you so. Either way they have maneuvered themselves into a no lose situation and Corbyn into a no real win position. (If it all plays out like this).

Or maybe I am just being too cynical.

 

Posted in General, Politics

Danger, Danger, Democracy in Danger

So the most annoying thing about the referendum result for me is not the result itself – though that does annoy me! No, it’s the way it has come about.

The whole thing is just the result of some old Etonians having a scrap for power! It grasping for popularity and not giving a shit about who it hurts in the process! And none of them are bothering to hang around and fix the mess they created.

And now it’s going further – it’s happening in the labour party itself.

How a PR company manufactured the Labour coup – Part I

Seems someone is protecting a reputation and doesn’t give damn about who it destroys. I don’t know how true this story is but in a way it doesn’t matter. The point is whatever the reasons behind it the whole affair is destroying any trust that was left in politicians – allowing stories like this to be given credence. We can believe it’s possible as that’s what we think of our politicians.

So we are faced with a massive problem for democracy on two fronts.

If the government call a second referendum or ignore the first one and refuse to come out of the EU – a lot of people will probably never vote on anything again. Ignoring the fact that it is not how referendums work (they are a measure of opinion, not an instruction) the Brexiter’s  – and even some who were not  – will feel what is the point of voting if my vote is ignored.

Equally, if the coup against Jeremy Corbyn is successful – when he was elected with such a huge vote would leave many people feeling betrayed and wondering what the point was. If they oust him – I for one would never vote for Labour again. (He could start his own party and take all those supporters with him – rendering Labour unelectable for years.)

Which leaves us with the very real prospect that we end up with even more apathy and lower voter turnout than before – which is basically giving the politicians leave to do whatever the hell they want!

Dangerous times.

 

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Mankind Limited -Selling Off Society

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Want to know where we will end up when we have finished selling off society? Read on..

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Posted in Politics, Work

Where is my country?

The town where I work has – in the past – been the host of Asylum seekers – it is also a port of entry for visitors from abroad. It’s fair to say that it has seen its fair share of social tension.  Where I worked before that and lived for a while – Dover was even worse. The flashpoint of many a protest and news story.

In the nearly 15 years of living and working in this area – of working in the immigration sector – I have never seen – first hand any direct racial abuse.

Today – my first day back at work after Brexit – I saw it twice. Twice I saw people just shouting at other people who looked foreign – to go home.

To all those people who voted to get their country back – I am sorry – we seem to have mislaid it. Instead, we have imported the seeds of Nazi Germany.

Let’s all grow up a bit. Even while the politicians are backstabbing and playing chess with our lives – let’s show them we can do better.

Posted in Creative Writing, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Politics, Self Publishing, Writing

Rage, rage against the result

or – chill out and relax – lose yourself in some poetry

A Spring Of Dreams

The result of a year-long challenge to write a poem a day for a year. Raw and accessible poems of many moods.

Presented as they were written and so reflecting my mood, my life and my time constraints at the time.

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One step closer to this …

Humanity reduced to a bottom line.


Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead, they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution.

Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark on a journey against the forces arraigned against them, forces of state and self-doubt.

Ultimately their paths converge on a dangerous road and the discovery of an ancient secret.

One one level this is a story about how different people react the ever growing and relentless pressure of everyday oppression. It explores their journeys as they are broken and rebuilt and investigates their modes and motivations for rebelling.

At another level it is a critique on the darker side of capitalism and free markets and how that has driven us further and further away from the evolutionary advantage that gave us supremacy in the first place. It questions whether the human race has doomed itself or whether we still have the capacity to wrench ourselves from the track we have so tightly committed our society upon.

Read an excerpt here.

Available as

Kindle

or hardback

from Amazon

or CreateSpace

Now also available at Smashwords, IBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and many other reputable outlets.

Posted in General, Politics

The Future is…

 

So this is how I see things unfolding now.

We need to extricate ourselves from the EU. That means negotiating trade deals, making new laws – you know the ones to replace the draconian laws that the EU apparently imposed on us, working out border controls etc. etc.

Who is going to pay for that? The government – out of the goodness of their hearts? A levy on big business?

Or you and me?

The latter of course – the poor and those who can afford at least. It will trigger more cuts to budgets – more benefits cuts, more council cuts, higher taxes. In other words more austerity.

So who is going to work all the new rules and laws and controls?

Queue lots of companies that will be hired to do it on behalf of the government. Companies who are headed by the friends of Farage and Gove and even Cameron. (He might be vilified by us but he will be a hero of the establishment who has just taken one for the team.)

So we will pay and pay and struggle and while the minority will pocket all the cash.

Of course, the media will be all over that. The papers will be filled with all scandal of the rich who are benefiting from the corruption. We will be fuelled to outrage – we will wag our fingers, write letters of protest (or blog posts) and clench our fists.

Meanwhile – as we are diverted – the NHS will be quietly privatised and the TTIP signed.

The entire episode reeks of manipulating the masses for personal wealth with no regard to the general public.

Posted in Music, Politics

Big Man, Pig Man

Now I don’t normally like negative politics stuff – but. I was listening to my songs on shuffle the other day and a classic Pink Floyd one came up.

Now – don’t these lyrics and image just belong to each other?

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Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are

You well-heeled big wheel, ha ha, charade you are

And when your hand is on your heart

You’re nearly a good laugh

Almost a joker

With your head down in the pig bin

Saying “keep on digging”

Pig stain on your fat chin

What do you hope to find?

When you’re down in the pig mine

You’re nearly a laugh

You’re nearly a laugh

But you’re really a cry.

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A low January

I have been ill. Very ill since before Christmas. Mostly I have been struggling to work but the week before last was forced to work from home. This week I could not even manage that.

That’s why the blog has been very quiet and I have been reduced to reblogging older stuff.

But anyway the reason I bring it up is that it seems everyone is ill. To lesser and greater levels I don’t know anyone  who is is not ill.

Call me paranoid but it does not feel normal. Something odd is going on.

And there’s an

NHS dispute going on.

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Capital

By Scott Bailey © 2015

Clawing
Avarice
Pouncing
Insidious
Taxing
All
Lies

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Mankind Limited – Quote 2

 

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Charity

By Scott Bailey © 2015

There are 164,889 charities in the UK
164,889 ways
The government is failing in its duties
164,889 ways
The people are not

 

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The Few

By Scott Bailey © 2015

On a dark peak
In a lofty castle tower
Firelight glints on gold
The flames are the consummation
Of a million dreams
The gold is the gifts
That the few exchange
As they gather
To sharpen their swords
Hone their skills
Readying
To chase away the wolves
Release the hounds
And take control
Of the docile cattle herds

Posted in Creative Writing, Politics, Writing

Welcome to the Machine!

So it seems today that our Government some other governments have quietly, secretly, without our consent or consultation sign the Trans Pacific Partnership.

One of its aims if to make it a crime to report corporate wrong doing through a computer system!

What the actual fuck!

It’s now a crime to report on a crime if it’s committed by a big company!

Welcome to the machine people! Bend over and prepare to be rogered good because there’s damn all you can do about it!

I think this just shows who rules the world now.

And it gets worse – quote from an independent article.

Others require that online content providers — such as YouTube and Facebook — must take down content if they receive just one complaint, as they are in the US. That will be harmful for startups looking to build such businesses since they’ll be required to have the resources to respond to every complaint, experts have pointed out.

So if one of those large corporations doesn’t like my rant about this then they could force WordPress to take it down!

Welcome to free speech! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Welcome to the Machine!

Posted in General, Politics

A politician who get us.

He has got a lot of flack from the frankly biased media since he became leader of the labour party. Not singing the National Anthem, missing media appearances and the latest, not going to the Rugby world cup.

He, Jeremy Corbyn, was apparently at his office listening to his people.

He cared more about doing the job than  a photo opportunity.

This is a politician who is more. More than a sound byte. More than a press release. He cares more about the job than his image.

That’s a breath of fresh air.

I don’t agree with all his policies – I would doubt anyone who agrees 100% with anyone else – everyone should be questioned – especially those who want to lead. I agree with more of his policies than any other politician.

The others, all those vapid empty vessels of media spin and glamour and afraid and so they should be. They are so far disconnected from the real world in their élite bubble that their only view of it is through the filter of their media advisers.

Jeremy Corbyn gets us. He gets the people.

Something we haven’t seen in a politician for a very long time