Almost 20 years ago, as a performance poet using traditional Caribbean pros, I wrote, performed and recorded one of my trademark poems, De Governors Greed. Friends and family told me then that the poem would remain poignantly relevant for years to come.
I have speckled this article with phrases from the poem.
With the recent car crash of the United Kingdom’s Brexit from the European Union (EU) this poem has once again come alive for me, particularly since some of the aftershocks of Brexit are now being heard and felt all over the country and even beyond it.
The keynote ‘rant’ of the piece was “The governor can’t fool me” evoking a principled approach I have adopted throughout all of my adult life, that I would never allow myself to become a mental puppet of the so-called established state whatever form it took. Continue reading
The charity chief executives body Acevo has called for a summit to discuss the estimated £200m a year of European Union funding the sector will lose, and the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has urged charities to play a key role in rebuilding trust in society after the UK voted to leave the EU.
Other reactions from the voluntary sector to the result of yesterday’s referendum, in which 52 per cent of voters chose to leave the EU, included a warning from Paul Palmer, professor of voluntary sector management at Cass Business School, that there would be a “double whammy” of a fall in donations and further government austerity measures.
Martin Sime, chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, said the decision was a “seismic shock to our politics and economy that will have a profound effect”.
David ‘Rocky’ Bennett
Before David ‘Rocky’ Bennett’s death in a psychiatric unit 18 years ago, he sent a letter to the nurse director, pointing out there were no black staff members. He wrote:
“There are over half a dozen black boys in this clinic. I don’t know if you have realised that there are no Africans on your staff at the moment”.
Bennett died while being held down by four staff members at a psychiatric unit after a violent altercation with another patient and a nurse. Looking at the circumstances around his untimely death, it’s clear his blackness was threatening to staff members. He had been using the mental health for at least a decade, yet his needs as a black Rastafarian were not being met.