The good immigrant

I am the good immigrant,

The best of the desperate,

Photogenic in my wide-eyed desperation,

Unthreatening in my downcast passivity.


I am the good immigrant,

Vulnerable, childlike and silent.

I don’t grow facial hair

Or allow my voice to deepen,

My balls to smack my thighs

With a threatening slap.


I am the good immigrant,

Feminine, obtainable, doe-eyed.

I don’t have periods,

Grow breasts, walk with a sway of my hips,

Threaten the fall of new good immigrants

From my loins.


I am the good immigrant.

I sit in shit for months on end,

Cross continents and stay silent

When you call me lazy,

Stuff my knuckles in my mouth

When you say I want your benefits,

Choke on rising bile

When you say I have nothing to flee from.


I am the good immigrant.

My goodness is beyond reproach.

I tremble under canvas,

Shudder in stifling containers,

Wheeze and blink when you welcome me

With CS gas.

I am the good immigrant,

The good immigrant

You may yet make bad.


There was an Irish immigrant
Who dug the canals
And built the bridges,
Who carved the tunnels
And made the roads
And only consumed the wealth
He created when he ate.

There was a Jamaican immigrant
Who nursed the sick
And changed their beds,
Who took their temperature
And listened to their pain
And only consumed the wealth
She created when she bore her child.

There was a south Asian immigrant
Who worked the mill
And wove the cloth,
Who drove a taxi
When the place closed down
And only consumed the wealth
He created when his daughter
Went to university.

There was a Polish immigrant
Who drove a bus
And spoke to her passengers
In a tongue not her own
And had a smile for them
And only consumed the wealth
She created when her son
Was sick.

There were Tory MPs
Who claimed for duck houses
And the cleaning of moats,
Who grew fat on hedge funds
And loved banks which,
Though socialism was hated,
Had their own special sort
Just for the very rich,
And consumed the wealth
Others created, and smiled

Libraries round up

Digest of e-cuttings : 30th September




Public Libraries News : 29th September

Editorial | Viciously reducing bookfunds




ITV News : 30th September

Lancashire’s cash crisis – museums and libraries close

with Video report


Blog Preston : 30th September

LancashireVideo > Watch how this boy’s response to Fulwood library closure says it better than most




Lancashire Evening Post : 30th September

Library closures not the end of the story, vow protesters

Six shut their doors for the last time tonight.  “Save Our Libraries” campaigners are pinning their hopes on government intervention.




SLIC : 29th September

Realising Ambition & Opportunity – One Year On

Scotland’s Libraries are Thriving in the 21st Century



Leon’s Library Blog : 30th September

Cilip AGM 2016



Leinster Express : 30th September

Ireland | Councillors vote no to staffless libraries in Laois

Councillors block government policy




An invitation to save our libraries



Assemble 12 noon British Library

Between Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross stations


Public Libraries, Museums and Galleries are the lynchpin of local communities. They offer access to learning, reading, history, art, information, creativity and enjoyment. They are and should be trusted public spaces for everyone.

But in the UK since 2010 we have lost:

  • 8000 paid and trained library workers
  • 343 libraries (plus hundreds more handed to volunteers)
  • 1 in 5 regional museums at least partly closed

We have also seen:

  • Libraries and Museums opening hours cut
  • Budgests, education programmes and mobile/housebound/specialist services slashed
  • An escalation in commercialisation and privatisation
  • An 93% increase in the use of volunteers in libraries.
  • Income generation becoming the priority for almost 80% of Museums and Galleries.


This is a crisis that users, staff, campaigners and unions need to unite and fight before it is too late. There have been many huge local campaigns, but this is a national issue and that is why campaigners from all over the country have got together to call a national demonstration to demand that the government acts now before it is too late.

The demonstration is backed by national unions Unison, Unite and PCS, by Jeremy Corbyn leader of the Labour Party and the Green Party as well as writers and campaigners. More than 300 including some of the UK’s top writers, such as Malorie Blackman, Jackie Kay , Michael Holroyd and Alan Gibbons, have written to Karen Bradley the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport calling for her to intervene in this crisis.

Please can you consider the following support:

  • Getting your organisation to agree to support and attend the demonstration
  • Organising transport if outside London
  • Organising publicity in your area – Order publicity material or download here
  • Write or video a message of support

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