Form 696 by Des Mannay

I’m rich – but in ways that rich people don’t understand,
when we fight back we have to link hands.
My boss keeps tellin’ me to work harder:
I’m running on empty – no food in the larder.
..
Work is a prison – without release.
Form 696: intimidation – we get no peace
and 666 is the number of the beast,
turn it upside down and you get the police.
..
We’re supposed to mourn Blakelock but forget Blair Peach.
Justice: a concept that’s just out of reach –
look at all the black deaths in cells,
if cops come in behind a mattress, then you get hell
..
The original Black Death was spread by rats,
now they’re in a uniform – and that’s a fact Jack.
Estates across England, Scotland and Wales
now party with Molotov cocktails
..
When you attack our music – you build unity,
treat us all like a suspect community.
This system we live under has failed inspection,
time is ripe….. for insurrection.
..
Why the cops hate Grime
A storm of protest hit last week over the way police are using form 696 to shut down Grime events. Even the Tory Culture Minister, – an oxymoron if ever there was one – has been getting in on the act.
Grime began as a predominantly black music form – rooted in confrontation to stop and search and police raids. It caught on big time with kids dumped on the scrap heap in austerity Britain, and became a multi-cultural underground scene; drawing comparison to the rise of Punk. By 2011 Lethal Bizzle’s Pow! (Forward) was the unofficial soundtrack of the student protests.
While police deny their form targets certain genres of music, the BBC’Victoria Derbyshire Programme found that some forces around the UK were “still asking for the ethnic make-up of the audience attending and the music genre being played at an event”. Leicestershire Police still ask for the ethnic make-up of the audience attending and the music genre. Bedfordshire Police also ask for the music genre on its form, saying that “failure to complete the risk assessment correctly may jeopardise future events by the promoter and the venue”. A Freedom of Information request also found a version of the form has now been adopted by 16 other forces in England.
Grime artists and MCs such as P Money have spoken out to slam the measures as ‘racist’. Giggs had his tour cancelled in 2010 following police advice. P Money said he had been removed from gig line-ups on account of information passed on via the form.
In 2014, after one of his performances was cancelled at short notice, the artist JME said “It’s an attack on people’s civil liberties, but also it’s blatant discrimination.” In 2012 at an event at a mainstream live venue, organisers say that police insisted on searching 18 performers for weapons before they went on stage, as well as a group of young people on work experience organised by a charity.
In 2011, a cultural event organised by London youth arts charity A New Direction aimed at young people, featuring Bhangra drummers and a 14-year-old talent contest winner, was informed the day before the show that extra security would be required or the event could be cancelled. The resulting cost took the event over budget and two police vans were deployed outside the event.
Alan Miller, chairman of the Night Time Industries Association, said the form was “flawed”, adding: “You do not get more crime with young black men than you do with young white men or anyone else.”

Trump-ton by Des Mannay

Will you be
at the book burning?
No more
Maya Angelou, or
beardy wierdy Ginsberg
and Dylan – we’re
coming for you…
We’ll melt CDs
and vinyl too –
no more
Grandmaster Flash.
My daddy was
a real Grandmaster…
of the Klan.
We’ll build
a Siegfried Line
for Mexicans
to hang their
washing on.
No more books!
We have
‘Reality TV’.
Entertainment
for the masses…
It’s just like
the last days
of Rome;
with its Gladiators.
Now that Nero
was a genuine
mother fucker…

No Apologies by Des Mannay

No apologies!

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Protective Edge (2014)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Pillar of Defense (2012)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Returning Echo (2012)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Gaza Strip air raids (2011)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Gaza flotilla raid (2010)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

al-Fakhura School (2009)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Ibrahim al-Maqadna Mosque strike (2009)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Khoza’a (2009)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Hot Winter (2008)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Cast Lead (2008)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Beit Hanoun incident (2008)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

blockade of the Gaza Strip (since 2007)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Autumn Clouds (2006)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

shelling of Beit Hanoun (2006)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Gaza beach explosion (2006)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Summer Rains (2006)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Days of Penitence (2004)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Forward Shield (2004)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Rainbow (2004)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Battle of Jenin (2002)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Defensive Shield (2002)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Muhammad al-Durrah incident (2000)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Grapes of Wrath (1996)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Sabra and Shatila (1982)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Peace for Galilee (1982)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Beirut (1981)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Litani (1978)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Spring of Youth (1973)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 (1973)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Beirut airport (1968)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Battle of Karameh (1968)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Jerusalem (1967)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

The Six-Day War (1967)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Kafr Qasim massacre (1956)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Suez Crisis (1956)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Qalqilya police station (1956)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Gaza City (1956)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Olive Leaves (1955)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Volcano (1955)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Kuntilla (1955)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Khan Yunis (1955)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Black Arrow (1955)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

The Lavon Affair (1954)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Eye for an Eye (1954)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Lion (1954)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Viper on the Track (1953)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Operation Vengeance and Reprisal (1953)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Qibya massacre (1953)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Tantura (1948)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Ramla and Lydd (1948)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Deir Yassin (1948)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Plan Dalet

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

Khisas (1947)

Israel is a terrorist state

No apologies!

The Nakba

Israel is a terrorist state

Emergency Exit by Des Mannay

Alone

All one

A loan

All gone

Allies

Allay

Always

All lies

All day

Allot

All done

Alive

All run

All lost

End it!

“‘Emergency Exit’ is a poetic suicide note. The sparseness and repetitiveness of the lines echo the illogical/negative linear thought process – up until the end; which breaks the pattern. Which means it can be read in two ways – either the subject ‘ends it’ or breaks the thought process” – Des Mannay

To a Lib-Dem Candidate by Des Mannay

If you knock on the door for my vote
I’ll shake you warmly – by the throat

Your about as child friendly as the late Cyril Smith
With sex scandals and cover ups, ain’t there a whiff?

Mike Hancock, Mark Oaten and Lord Rennard
And Paddy – is keeping your pants on so hard?

Is it bullshit I’m smelling or hypocrisy?
And last time you said you’d scrap tuition fees…

You all live on a yellow submarine
You’ll soon sink without trace – nowhere to be seen

Except the odd enclave where you may hold out
Where voters are gluttons for punishment no doubt

And what’s that daft bird symbol supposed to be?
Looks more like an Albatross than a Phoenix to me

Next time use a Dodo or something else extinct
Then maybe the voters might just see the link

I don’t mean to taunt you – I don’t mean to be mean
But you all live in a yellow glum machine

I met a candidate – seemed like a nice chap
Till I told him I thought that the Lib-Dems were crap

“We’ll still be king makers in Parliament”, he said
What – the place that gained power by chopping off a king’s head?

He said a hung Parliament – that was his hope.
I want a hung Parliament too – done with rope!

Coz that’s not where the power to change things resides
That’s in the streets and the protests outside….

You’re never alone with a loan by Des Mannay

I wish I won the lottery
I haven’t done it yet
It’s the only way I’ve got to be
Free of loans and debt

The electric metre has a key
The TV licence a card
I top the things up gingerly
Coz budgeting is hard

Debts I can’t pay get set aside
Against my bloody home
Can’t pay the mortgage – though I’ve tried
So I’m in the danger zone

The interest keeps growing
On the various debts I owe
And the bastards keep on moaning
I confront bailiffs toe to toe

They charge me for the letters
They keep sending in the post;
Printing money without fetters –
Moving up my debt goalposts

Ran out of cash completely
Got a loan before payday
They dealt with it quite neatly –
But my payday’s turned to ‘mayday’

There’s no longer any slack
To carry out repairs
My home looks like a dosser’s shack
I slip into despair

I find it difficult to sleep
I creep around the house
When the door knocks, or the phone goes ‘bleep!’
I’m quiet as a mouse

I’m supposed to be the breadwinner
Supposed to pay the bills
These are the thoughts that linger
They wear me down – it kills

Should I try to front it out,
Or file for bankruptcy?
I can’t seem to turn this shit around
The bastards ‘own’ a part of me

I’d like to post the fucking key
Back through my own front door
And disappear eternally
And not look back no more

Abuse Of Power by Des Mannay

Why do you carry on as normal?
Respectable life – everything formal

After what you did to me
Recurring nightmares – can’t break free.

What did I do to deserve your attention?
‘Special’ games too sick to mention.

Are you so blind you cannot see
The damage you did – emotionally?

You never once apologized
Now all affection is despised

My body just an empty shell
Going through a private hell

Breaking down the wall of trust
To satisfy a teenage thrust

All your weaknesses restyled
To take advantage of younger child

To sample things you couldn’t get
– In later life I can’t forget.

I learned to hate the way you loved
The iron fist : the velvet glove

The world collapsed in yesterday
I never grew or learnt to play

I hid myself away instead
And wished that I could wake up dead

The tears still flow from an age ago
What I did wrong I still don’t know

I wasn’t ready for sexual pleasure
To be abused at your leisure

Skeletons in cupboards try to hide –
Its me thats bloody crucified

They say that blood is thicker than water
Mine congealed in innocence slaughter

How come you came out on top?
Whilst my self torture doesn’t stop

I cry myself to sleep at night,
And give up on all future fight

Your life goes on without a hitch
My nerves have gone – I stammer and twitch

I withdrew from old nature’s game
And drink a lot to keep myself sane

If I were to ‘copycat’ my abuse,
Would this explanation be much use?

How come I paid for your insecurity
With the money and the fags, you threw as a lure at me?

Incest is a dirty word,
A crime unseen a crime unheard

Give ‘Em Enough Rope by Des Mannay

Out of the mouths of babes
Into the minds of morons
Why should her words of praise
Be taken as a come on

Why can’t she dress just to please herself
Rather than desperate you?
You’re an empty wasted shell
Who should be locked up in a zoo

Why can’t you admire the form
Without trying to fuck the contents?
Don’t think your bravado storm
Will hide your impotence

Why should she lock herself away
Just to save your stupid pride?
Only free to roam at day
Till the pillow where she cried

How come your behaviour is allowed
Whilst she becomes the victim
Let her voice rise and shout aloud
Of the pain you are inflicting

Put yourself in the woman’s place
And turn around and then
Find yourself staring face to face
At yourself in the lion’s den.

Then senile old judge
Will say that she deserves it
With nods and winks and then a nudge
And justice once again perverted

If you think kitchen, child and home
Is woman’s only station
Then you’ll sink just like a stone
And set the stage for your own castration

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