(In memory of and acknowledgement to Pastor Martin Niemöller)
First they installed CCTV in Teignmouth, To deter vandals and to catch litter louts And people whose car tax was a day overdue. I applauded, scoffing at Tony Blair’s dream Becoming Eric Blair’s nightmare. What could the law-abiding have to fear?
When they dispersed groups of two or more Who might be about to cause trouble, I was enthusiastic, Being no longer young.
When they came for the addicts, alcoholics and “undesirables”, I did not speak out, Because I had left that life behind.
When they came for the sick, the so-called incurables, I muttered something to myself But I was not mad enough to receive treatment.
When they came for the Rotarians and Round-tablers, I held my peace; Perhaps uncharitably.
When they came for the Councillors, I remained silent; I despised local politics.