Tis the Friday 'fore New Year and – boozed to the hilt –
I've decided to settle someTwittery guilt.
I'm rubbish at Fridays, my followers find;
FFS! there's no #ff, (I'm sure you must mind).
So I'm giving myself a figurative shove
It's time to reciprocate some #ff love…
The Tweetmates below are fantastically great,
My praise here's too little. Some might say too late…
@DearDaveandNick turns protest into art
Get her letters into your stream for a start.
Then try @TheGreenBenches for some counter-facts
On the Government's latest, most dastardly acts.
Follow @UKuncut and @OccupiedTimes
For acts of resistance behind enemy lines.
And an NHS champion who is second to none –
Follow @cpeedell as he does #Bevansrun
For social care issues, my tweeter of choice
Is @Ermintrude2, such a confident voice.
Then @NoelMcDermott's my counsellor's view
(We'll gloss over the fact that he calls me 'mum' too)
I like legal types (for they know what is what)
So I followed the fab @_millymoo like a shot.
And Legal Aid is worth all @ilegal's fight
As we won't just hand justice across to the right.
And we won't walk away from our good #spoonie friends
For whom life will be shit if DLA ends.
So go @BendyGirl! Go @CreativeCrip!
@wheresthebenefit knows that it's time to let rip.
And it's not just the health service, welfare and law
That's falling to pieces, I'm sorry, there's more…
#Gove thinks we'll stand by like open-mouthed fools
While he bulldozes all our community schools.
So follow @schooltruth and @localschools_uk
And don't let the childcatcher get his own way.
Add @mattpearson and @ThatIanGilbert to your mix
For a heartwarming educational fix.
If you care about what schools put in your child's head
Then support @P4SRE (good Sex Ed).
And don't assume all teenage mums are a state –
Look @prymface's tweets – she'll soon put you straight.
While we're thinking of babies, @oneworldbirth rocks
And @Thinkbirth deserves to be followed in flocks.
@makesmilk supports breastfeeding mums everywhere
And at @hm4hb you'll find mums who will share.
@Livable4All has a radical plan
For a world where we don't all kowtow to 'the man'
A future where care is more valued than money
(I know politicians will think that idea's funny)
@rosiecosy has faith, despite all Labour's woes,
And you'll find lefties writing for her "LabourRose"
(Though I'm not sure that Labour can ever woo me,
I do like good guy @johnmcdonnellMP)
If I'm not tweeting politics / life in the shoe
80 minutes of quality rugby will do.
@fromtheruck, & @quinsjim love the beautiful game
(Not London, Not Irish; tweetmates all the same)
Now some twitterati I can't categorise
But these are the stars in my Twittery skies:
@helenlooise, @thatsoph, @helenmew
@hangbitch, @lisaansell & @langtry_girl too.
@andromedababe @daninayyar (they're both babes)
@PME200, @sturdyAlex (their blogs are both faves)
There's top conversation from @CriminologyUK
And @DayMoonRoseDawn's insect sex makes my day
@tamchan11 curates with intelligence & passion
@Puffles2010 made dragon fairies a fashion
@SimonNRicketts, @GlennyRodge, like Morecambe and Wise
(In a bed in my head where they smoke and eat pies.)
And simply and always my favourite and best
@HeardinLondon whose tweets just stand out from the rest.
I've risked some offence by choosing so few
As the 960 others I stalk are good too.
I hope you've found good'uns to follow right here.
Back with another list this time next year. x