This is by food writer Jack Monroe. I thought it deserved a wide audience.

Niemoller for 2016

First they came for the socialists

 But you did not speak out

 Because you were definitely not a socialist

 Those mad bastards campaigning for decent wages

 and universal healthcare

 Waving their hand painted placards through

 Westminster

You were definitely not a socialist.

 Then they came for the Trade Unionists

 And you did not speak out

 Because Unions are awful

 The Daily Mail said so

 Those people representing ordinary workers

 And fighting for decent pay

 And human working conditions

 And maternity and paternity leave

 And adequate rest between shifts

 And making sure people have a voice

 They’re definitely terrible self-aggrandising egotists

 And they get paid to represent people

 And you had to get a bus to work once because of a

 strike you didn’t bother to research beyond a

screaming scheming headline

So you are not a Trade Unionist.

workfare-protest

Then they came for the Muslims

 and the refugees

 And you did not speak out

 Because they are not your people

 Coming over here

 Why can’t they integrate?

 Religion causes all the problems, right?

 All the wars

 Leave them to it

 Close the borders

 We’re full up

 Can’t take any more

 Of this PC multicultural bullshit

 Who do they think they are?

 You spoke over

 And you spat and you raged

 in hatred and fear

 But you did not speak out

 Because you were not a Muslim

 nor a refugee.

Refugee protest

And then they came for the poor

 and the unemployed

 the single parents on benefits

 the workless

 And you did not speak out

 Because you thought they were lazy

 Loads of jobs out there innit?

 Easy to eat cheaply on the dole, you claim

 Having never had to make £71 last a week

 with a broken refrigerator

 or holes in the bottom of a pair of school  shoes

 Bet they’ve all got Sky TV and iPhones

 and how did she pay for her tattoos?

 And you saw someone smoking outside a food bank

 once

 So you did not speak out.

Then they came for the disabled

 Shame, you thought, but you did not speak out

 Most of them could probably work, you thought

 You saw that chronically depressed woman smiIe

 once

 And the guy in the disabled parking space

 looks young and healthy to you

 We all get down sometimes, you shout

 What’s wrong with you anyway?

 Bunch of fucking scroungers, you thought

 So you did not speak out.

Then they came for the teachers

 And the doctors

 And the nurses

 And the fire-fighters

 And the domestic abuse workers

 And the rubbish collections

 And the rape crisis centres

 And the social workers

 And the children’s centres

 And the education funding

 And by the time they come for you

 By the time they fucking come for you

There will be nobody left to speak out for you

 Nobody left at all.

Jack Monroe

Poem by Martin Niemoeller at the Holocaust memorial in Boston Massachusetts
Poem by Martin Niemoeller at the Holocaust memorial in Boston Massachusetts
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