As David Cameron and Ed Miliband present their policy for the future of Britain, Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem is inspired by national and global events rather than personal or local ones, with the ‘riot tsunami’ that spread north from London not crossing the Pennines to Leeds. The BBC reported this as being because of strong community liaison work in Leeds.
The riots seem to be the tip of the iceberg, with many rioters expressing their desire to get rich quick like the investment bankers exposed in recent scandals, rather than wanting a better society and world.
Hope for Humanity or Full Speed to Calamity?
I used to hope humanity was progressing
but now I just find them depressing
looking out from within, searching inside without
or maybe it’s because I’m getting older
and no longer view civilisation with wonder