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.

Nasty Nigel

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

My Green Friends

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

Dalston vs UKIP: Pre-Election Unity Party with Poetry and Captain SKA

30/04/2015 - 19:30

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.

Facebook event here.

Election Night Poetry Performance: Mostly Hating Tories at Technically Speaking

07/05/2015 - 19:00

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.

Facebook event.

Sugar-Coated Sonnet

A sonnet written on the occasion of Lord Alan Sugar's resignation form the Labour Party:

So who invited that spiv to the party?
No, we don't want his cut-throat sort round here
His anti-social manners are so nasty
He's nicking all the food and selling beer
He's telling all my mates that they are fired
And acting like he bloody owns the place
His snotty, bossy, snobbery is tired
I'm losing friends who hate this public face
He came in with another party crasher
And now he's gone but not cleared up his rubble
He's got a better offer - somewhere flasher?
And now we're spared the need to take the trouble
- To turf Lord Cuckoo out of Labour's nest
- Which leaves the task of turfing out the rest

Silver Linings

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

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