8 May 2015

First they came for the ‘scroungers’, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a scrounger.

Then they came for the ‘immigrants’, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not an immigrant.

Then they came for the unemployed, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not unemployed.

Then they came for the disabled, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not disabled.

Then they came for the sick, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not sick, then.

Then they came for the poor, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not poor, then.

Then they brought in zero-hours and tuition fees, abolished human rights and healthcare, and sanctioned surveillance and mistrust

Then they brought in foodbanks and charity, and blamed those who needed them for not trying hard enough – and I did not speak out; I cried out.

Because the poor became poorer, and the rich became richer –
But there was no-one left who would speak out, and no-one left who could bear to listen.

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