Freedom Of Movement versus Money

Declaration 13 – Freedom of Movement Versus Money
Article 13.
  1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State.
  2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Kapow!!! Take that all true BeLeavers
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Would not uphold your sacred wish
To get rid of all Johnny Foreigners
And return to a state you call having Britain back

And so it is in this the most No Brexit
Of all constituencies that native Crouch Enders
Turn their thoughts once more towards;
Art Deco, Nouveau riche buildings
Like the old town hall to mutter inanities

Considering the movement of money
Whereby investers give a Hong Kong address
And a Cayman Islands account
And all the major doubts and questions
That go along with the cash nexus and understand

Money that’s one thing that won’t stop moving
Money that’s one thing that won’t be changing passports
Money that’s one thing post the world cup that will be going home
Money disregards the other units of production
Money kills off trees, demolishes communities
Money, ignores our localised dreams and fancies
Money is beneath the roots of the tree on the green
Money shapes the shape of the green
Money wears many different disguises
Money appears as plaza’s piazzos, new plots and places

And yet rights and freedoms remain negotiable


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Declaration 12; Its Not A Dire Warning

Declaration 12; Its Not A Dire Warning
Article 12. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

So, who climbed the tree
When young or older
Stamping feet on insect life

Who just sat and watched
From the comfort of a blanket
Raising the next sandwich

Who went home and dreamt
Soundly with the noise of children
Slowly fading into night

Who rose the next day
To the tinkle of letters
Dropping to the mat

And who if anyone
Heard the besmirching
Of names and reputation

Who just sat and witnessed
As the tree came down
A summer square vanished
Jobs were lost
A centre vandalised
Newness impinged
On conservation
Negated villas
Damaged trees
And tore out hearts
Rolled out tears

I did
You did
We all did
This is what we do
Live our lives
Not watching
Not giving witness
Not standing up
Long enough
For our communal protection

Its nothing bad
And change won’t hurt
Some already thirst for it
Its just what we do
Regardless of warnings
Now lost to history.

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Declaration 10; Hear Me (Alternative Version)

Article 10 reads. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial
tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Its me right innit?
To have this and that
To say what I want
And what I don’t want

I think of Crouch End
I think of the Villas
We’re gonna lose em
Not that I want to

I think of the tree
Its history
Its meaning
The why its there
And they’re gonna move it

I think of the Green
Facebook campaigners inspired me
The night they slept there
The day of the cows
And they’re still gonna reshape it

I think of Hornsey Town Hall
The people who saved it
The artists who create there
The employment hub
The community; we lost it

And i think of all the redevelopment
The threat of intensification
The coming of a town exchanged for a village
The extra dust and noise of many people
And I wonder what we won, if we won
Or if we just accepted we should lose it

What did we gain
From the public meetings
The ‘impartial, independent’ decision makers
Who took our rights through grounded obligation
And wonder was it criminal
I hear some voices say it feels it

And it’s alright to have rights innit
If it really means something
Alright to have rights and speak for something
But should you have rights that amount to nothing
Is that equal, is it fair
Can we call it justice?

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Declaration 11, A Thank You Note

Declaration 11; A Thank You Note
Article 11.


  1. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  2. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

This one’s for the crowd funders
This one’s for the man sat at a desk
Licking a stamp to put on the envelop
This one’s for the woman stood at the desk
Who takes the envelop to the post box
This one’s not for the post man
For the post man doesn’t know about his involvement
He’s only posting post through letter boxes
This one’s for the residents who open the envelop
Sit with it, deciding whether to get involved in the action
The action for the defence
This one’s for the crowd funders
Who saw the post on social media
Cutting out the man sat at the desk
The woman who took the envelopes
The post man who didn’t know what he was posting
Going direct to the residents
Who sat and decided whether to give a pound or two
For the action, the action for defence
And this one’s just a note of thanks
To all those who tried
To all those who got iinvolved
To all who risked the hurt
The words
The emotional input
For the sake of those who took the action
The action for the defence
Who knew the heavier penalty we had to face
If only we hadn’t sat with the man at the desk
Stood with the woman who took the post
Delivered with the post man
To friends, family, neigbourly residents
and did something, something for the action
For the defence against the penalties that followed
This ones for your support
Thank you.

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Declaration 10; Hear Me


Article 10 reads; Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

The key word in the recently announced London Plan is intensification. This means building in every available place, up to the sky, down in the ground. Look around Crouch Enders. Intensification has arrived. How do you feel about it? Do you care about the sleepy, relatively isolated village that became a trendy hot spot for hummous eaters being more and more overcrowded? Growing further away from what it was, what it had. The lesser keyword is discussion. Discussion with a community. Crouch Enders will you just continue to let the few chew the fat for you? Or are you heading for fairness and equality? Heading to have your voice heard?

Declaration 10; Hear Me

Take note
Take notes
Write notes
Make notes
Print notes
Post notes
Prove to us
You heard
You listened
You understood
Make points
Point forward
Give hope
Speak up
Be our voice
Our silent voice
Our unheard voice
Our voice
Within systems
Care provision
By Employers
From silence
On issues
On subjects
Within systems
Lying, hiding
Shame faced denying
The hurt
The pain
Is the way
The way today
Of protection
Then talk for us
Talk to us
Tell us about
Of loss
Of hurt
Of loss again
Of loss of
Many things lost
In change
Of us
Our home
Our town
Within environments
Owned by few
A few not like us
What will be
What happens to our
Without consent
Through powers taken
Powers taking
Without asking
Without consent
Without permission
And talk to us
About fairness
About equality again
Not of recompense
Nor benefit
Or compensation
For that lost
Is gone now
Hear us speak of hope

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Declaration 9 – Exploring Exile

Article 9 reads: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

The human rights tree on the green now has a tent where grass used to lie

Declaration 9 – Exploring Exile
Winter, cold
Days getting longer
Winter, hibernation
Sleep, as always makes us stronger

Longer and stronger
By the fire heating the hearth
Reflecting in flames
Burning to an ember before ash

Burning and reflecting
On who we were, what we had
The dreams we made, the work we gave
Before planning before policy

Dreaming and working
Dreaming and working
Making and giving
Making and giving

Who we were
When we were young
Way back in time
In springtime

In springtime
Which now returns
Finding us reborn but different
Older, less hopeful, resigned

Finding us, resigned
To a loss we fought to save
Our place, in time, a flicker
We name, regeneration

Dreaming and working
Making and Giving
Dreaming and Working
Making and Giving

Stronger in sunshine
We find a key within
To unlock those things
We never truly lost

Those real things
Making us who we are
Returning refreshed
To what we have again

Renewed strength
In the friends we made
The things they gave
Strong in knowing a name

Making and Giving
Dreaming and working
Making and Giving
Dreaming and Working

Exiled from a place
This is of our time in exile
But our deeds, our work
Our dreams never met with exile

And so we Dream
And so we Work
And so we Make
And so we Give

And as we give
Those things we made
From within our work
Built in our dreams – we feel a long way off from exile

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Declaration 8: An Effective Remedy

Declaration 8 – An Effective Remedy

Article 8 reads: Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

The aspirin is an effective remedy
For headaches. And is said to be
Helpful to the heart.

The aspirin is effectively available
In chemists. And can be got from
A high street near you.

The aspirin is actually and easily
Digestible. And, last time I looked
Very cheap to buy.

Aspirins remain an effective remedy
Unlike judges. And councillors
Crooked from the start.

Aspirins remain an effective remedy
For the body. Not for developers
Driving their fast cars.

The aspirin is an effective remedy
except for the law. You need a lot more
than aspirins for that headache

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