Allan Todd writes: In case you’re struggling to find a New Year’s Resolution worthy of the Brexshit, Covid and Climate Crisis s**t-storm that 2022 is already shaping up to be, you’ll struggle to find something that beats this poem from that brilliant radical and satirical poet, Elvis McGonagall:
[Dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox]
This scepter’d isle is now a nation of landlords
This realm’s a retail park for oligarch and sheik
Waterloo sunset has been sold for a crock of gold
We’ve been pimped out to pin-striped bastards on the make
The banker’s got the whole world in his wallet
The robber baron blusters in his boardroom chair
The squire rules at will from his mansion on the hill
The politician is a multi-millionaire
Come all you Diggers, you Ranters, you rebels
Shout from the rooftops, make your voices heard
Come all you artists, you thinkers, you dreamers
Share your vision, unbowed and undeterred
Come all you tempest tossed poor huddled masses
You sick and tired, you overworked and underpaid
Come all you burger flippers and baristas
You nurses, teachers, carers, chambermaids
Rise up like Shelley’s lions after slumber
Leave your mind-forg’d manacles behind
Rise up together and reclaime this other Eden
Rise up and have the courage to be kind
Elvis McGonagall’s poems for those on the right (ie. LEFT!!) side of the barricades!
Allan Todd is a member of Left Unity, an ecosocialist/environmental and anti-fascist activist, and author of Revolutions 1789-1917 and the forthcoming (Spring 2022) Trotsky: The Passionate Revolutionary
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