Nigel and Boris and glove-puppet Gove
Paraded Trumped-up lies
And the lemmings threw themselves over the cliff
Though I’m really not surprised
The pathetic and the prejudiced don’t want truth and facts
They just want someone they can blame
A place to grind their axe
They ignore the pleas of experts
They don’t want reasoned rhetoric
They don’t read beyond the headlines
All they want is soundbite politics

“Vote for Independence!”
“Let’s take back control!”
It won’t be long before they’re chanting,
“Let’s all build a wall!”

So who can we blame?
And where shall we point?
And who can we find at fault?
For f***’s sake, will you stop playing their game?!
Let’s pause for a while –
Let’s talk.
Let’s not interrupt.
Let’s listen for once
As if we really cared
To hear what our brothers and sisters are saying
And then let’s be prepared
To lay aside our differences
To become “far more united”
To patchwork our diversity
To restore a land that’s blighted
With “us” and “them” and battle lines
Of fearfulness and selfishness
And shutting others out
We love to mock and criticise
To denigrate and flout
But let’s not do that!
It leads to dissolution

Let’s pause for a while
Let’s talk
Let’s listen
Let’s strive for a solution
That calms the fear
That holds out hope
That says, “United – we can cope”

And what can we do to prevent insurrection?
We must learn to pull in the same direction
And don’t allow the rats of hate to gnaw away at the rope.

Just a week before the referendum to decide whether to remain in or to leave the EU, Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen was murdered. This is an extract from her maiden speech to Parliament on June 3, 2015

“Batley and Spen is a gathering of typically independent, no-nonsense and proud Yorkshire towns and villages. Our communities have been deeply enhanced by immigration. While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us."

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