Rundown Britain

Rundown Britain

Lowestoft. Britain’s most easterly town,
The sign boasts as you cross the South border
Just before you see how much it’s run-down.

Police show no signs of keeping order.
With littered streets and rusty park railing,
Graffiti walls the signs of disorder.

Bare shops, local economy ailing,
Screaming for urban regeneration.
Even the charity shops are failing.

Symptoms of flunking administration,
Who hire expensive consultants who claim
They can save us from annihilation
And take the money and run with no shame.
I’m sure the most westerly town’s the same.

— John Nixon 2007.

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