Militant Thistles

polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"

atos Poor Doors Sheriff Stars spikes

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle bedroom tax Disrupt and Upset

Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson's poetry has been published in: Emergency Verse & The Robin Hood Book, The Ugly Tree, Poetry Now, Anchor Poets, North West Disabled Writers Group & Mid Cheshire Writers Group, and online at: Write Away, Caught In The Net, The Red Pencil, Poets Against The War, The Writer's Hood & transparent Words.

Arbeit macht frei 2015



its a craft


the art is

to be stopped in the classroom

as it is


too dangerous nowadays


to do as I do not

do as I say



start work stop


sleep and work no rest



the party of the working man


will ensure freedom

through opportunity

to work




art is not to be seen as any serious profession

and should not be wasted upon our youth

in schools or higher establishments

of education


work shall free us all


(Cameron to ban WhatsApp and similar electronic forms of communication

while Chancellor cuts off Child Tax Credits and other credentials)


Keystone Conservatism

The Crazy Gang

Murder Inc.


all it takes is for good men to do nothing

just another day in Osborneland



All Saturday the priest used to practice his sermon

now opens up Sunday to the hungry and homeless

more intent on survival than bluster.


Where are the fish and the five thousand?


The priest is unable to say and hurries away

quickly blessing


to the local shops where the suit with a smile offers a welcome

and shares - banking and profit from loyalty on the store card


We encourage under twenty-fives go kiss our the footprints

in the sand


This is austerity (open all hours) 2015