At RMT’s Annual General Meeting in June 2015, I proposed an emergency motion for the union to back Jeremy Corbyn, then an outsider in the Labour Party’s leadership election. These are the notes of my speech.
UK General Election 2015
A disastrous election, where the Conservative Party won an outright majority, defying expectations, Labour failed to mobilise support due to its timidity and the taint of Blairism and was wiped out by nationalists in Scotland, the anti-immigration UKIP boosted its vote although won only one seat, and a fair few "left" votes went to the Green Party, which also won a single seat.
If you don't want a Blairite bottom-feeder
If you want to fight cuts not give in to greed or
Tack your policies to a Daily Mail reader
If you want to back a winner and not a conceder
Vote Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader!
He snarls, he gnarls
Perhaps he'll bite
His skin is thin
At least it's white
He's aggressive, recessive, possessive, regressive
And really, not all that impressive
His director's description may sound ugly
But it fits his politics rather snugly
A sonnet written on the occasion of Lord Alan Sugar's resignation form the Labour Party:
Written on the day that the Conservatives won the 2015 UK General Election:
A search for silver lining
Is a needle-haystack quest
Fear grows and hope declining
Greed wins and stuff the rest
McVey and Farage splendid fall
But barely dulls the pain
The silverest lining of them all:
We live to fight again
Though I see the appeal to the floaters
I have thought through just what it all means
And I won't join their surge or their voters
Although some of my best friends are Greens
No moaning from Blair's bottom-feeders
That the Green Party's lit people's flame
The class traitors among Labour's leaders
Have only their own selves to blame
A week before the UK General Election, we urge you to gather at the 100 Club with all those who seek to KICK OUT THE TORIES ... a pre-election pep rally. Come and shake your pom-poms with:
At Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Rd, Dalston, E8 4AA
Janine hosts a 90-minute extravaganza of ranting lefty poetry as part of this anti-UKIP bash, before Captain SKA takes to the stage, launching their election special anti-UKIp .
Sign up for open mic on the night from 7.30pm, poetry from 8 til 9.30pm.
Janine will be the feature poet at May's Technically Speaking, with a general election night theme of Mostly Hating Tories! It takes plance in the lovely, comfortable lounge at the Leyton Technical, 265B Leyton High Road.
Tickets: £2 in advance, £3 on the door: advance tickets are available behind the bar.