Kill The Bill

Rioting brings out justified resistance in people but the worst in humanity
— Paul Tristram, March 2021

That’s right, I’ve gone and “quoted” myself,
because I couldn’t find anyone else
with a balanced enough opinion on the subject
… everyone’s either yelling
“A.C.A.B.” and “Smash The State!”
or “Give The Despicable Rabble Rousing Scum
The Water Cannons And Rubber Bullets!”
To get straight to the point of the argument
‘A Fine or up to 10 Years in Jail [Seriously?]
for being too ‘Noisy’ or for being ‘Annoying’
whilst taking part in [the Right] to Protest
is just taking the piss to the point of Control.
If your ‘Overstep Your [Legal] Boundaries’
become ‘Overzealous’ or ‘Heavy-Handed’
in your task of Protecting the General Public…
people will Complain, and they’ll do it Loudly.
And, seeing as your Prisons are already Full,
you’d best get the ‘Droogs’ and ‘Proles’ busy
building new ones, you’re going to need ‘em.

Paul Tristram is a widely published Welsh writer who deals in the Lowlife, Outsider, and Outlaw genres.  He wrote his first poem as a teenager following his release from the (Infamous) Borstal ‘HMP Portland’, and he has been creating Literary Terrorism ever since.  His novel ‘Crazy Like Emotion’ published by Close To The Bone Publishing is available to purchase right here Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.