John Cooper Clarke – Beasley Street

This is one of his most famous poems. I think it’s another great protest poem. A condemnation of the Thatcher era, how it laid waste to large sections of British cities.

“Keith Joseph smiles, and a baby dies,
in a box in Beasley Street”

Keith Joseph was a Minister in Thatcher’s government.

Beasley Street represents inner city northern England, but is not a real street. JCC said he chose the name because it was easy to rhyme!


3 thoughts on “John Cooper Clarke – Beasley Street

  1. Excellent comment by ‘zzippyman1’:
    “Would be a good track to play over the credits to Meryl Streep’s latest film “The Iron Lady”…”

  2. Pingback: The doghouse of Lords: New Labour’s constitutional legacy « abdelxyz

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