Peter Raynard – The Poetry of Party Political Debate

The Poetry of Party Political Debate

The Tories are clear where they stand
With Sonnets and couplets to hand
They will rhyme like old Will, so to sugar the pill
Of more cuts that will blight this fair land.

Labour prefers to go back
To Blair’s speeches on which they will tack
Some lines from a Poet, who’s far from heroic
And will do all he can for the Craic.

The Lib Dems will use pretty prose
Whilst the people take hold of their nose
It used to be sick, to agree with ‘cool’ Nick
But now the whole land will say No.

The Green Party have one MP
Who says it’s the Haiku for me
In seventeen syllables, one can be quite clinical
In saving some trees and a bee.

UKIP are asleep at the back
After six pints in the Woolpack
They think poetry boring, hence all of the snoring
So dream ways to deal out more flak.

The gallery which is packed to the rafters
Now suddenly explodes into laughter
What they’ve heard has been jokes by the Westminster folks
So they’ll hack WikiLeaks for the answer.



Peter Raynard’s poems have appeared in South Bank Poetry, the Morning Star, CALM magazine, New Left Project. He is editor of Proletarian Poetry: poetry of working class lives.; @peter_raynard @proletarianpoet


Peter Raynard – Shooting Words Back at the Powerful

Shooting Words back at the Powerful

(for George Monbiot)

There can be no collateral damage when

kinetic activity gives an extraordinary rendition

that cleanses the stock of fraud and error

thus neutralising operatives in compounds that bulge

of stock not worth the full wage ending powerful

benefit units of asset classes who bake and shake

then mow the lawn causing bug splats. These are not

human capital they are illegal aliens whose neutraliser

will be crowned a completer.

Peter Raynard is a poet, playwright, editor and blogger. His poems have appeared in South Bank Poetry, New Left Project, Happenstance, and Verbatim Poetry. He edits the blog, which features different aspects of working class poems from various poets. @proletarianpoet; @peter_raynard See Morning Star Article,

His two Arab Spring plays have been performed at The Nightingale Theatre in Brighton and Space Arts Centre, London.