UK General Elections

From the disastrous 2015 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 - through the 2017 and 2019 elections, with more to come!

Labour Heartlands

Isn't this a heartland too?
We have poundshops, pawnshops, boarded-up shops
and industries replaced by social services
We too have schools with leaking roofs
and youth in gigs and gangs and anguish

Isn't this a heartland too?
We have hearts and we have lands
Hearts that beat on rundown streets
and lands blemished with landfill
and corporate-municipal scandal

Nowhere to Hide

Tory win

I contemplated emigrating
or moving out of town
I'd spend my weekends walking dogs
my weekdays knuckling down

My grandmother was Scottish and
my great-grandma a Jew
And while some borders still stay down
perhaps they'll let me through

Or I could hump my tucker bag
and pitch up in Australia
(Though on that points-based entry test
I'd probably score a failure)

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.

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