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It is necessary for the socialist poet to have
more impressive technical equipment than his apolitical contemporaries because his task is that much more important. Alan Bold
David Clapson, a diabetic ex-soldier, died starving and destitute because he was penalised by the Job Centre for missing a meeting. His electricity card was out of credit meaning the fridge where he should have kept his diabetes insulin chilled was not working. Three weeks after his benefits were stopped he died from diabetic ketoacidosis – caused by not taking his insulin. When he died he had just £3.44 to his name... A coroner also found he had no food in his stomach... Please sign his sister Gill's petition by clicking here or on the photo of David above.
it is wrong ... to imagine that the currently fashionable and approved constitutes the work of permanent importance Alan Bold (1970)
Modern English polite society...
seems to me as corrupt as consciousness of culture and absence of honesty can make it. A canting, lie-loving, fact-hating, scribbling, chattering, wealth-hunting, pleasure-hunting, celebrity-hunting mob George Bernard Shaw An Unsocial Socialist (1883)
The want of poetical power is the impelling force in the case of most versifiers. They would fain be poets, and imagine that the best way is to try to write poetry and to publish what they write. They will never see their mistake. Equus asinus still believes that the possession of an organ of noise is sufficient, with a little practice, to enable him to sing like a nightingale. John Davidson (1857 – 1909)