Bread and Roses for All (re-post with open letter to Labour NEC)
Bread and Roses for All
One swallow will not our glorious summer make,
Nor red-tied frauds, true friends of labouring folk:
No friend of mine can love Apartheid’s yolk,
More swallowed lies, our nation’s heart will break:
Britannia’s future guard, for our Children’s sake,
Compassion’s spirit we must now invoke,
Let zeal for justice fill our Hearts of Oak,
Lest fate make any of us a Daniel Blake.
Hail, men and women brave, North of the Tyne,
“Homes fit for Heroes” once were within sight,
Now Poverty’s a-knocking on your doors,
Whilst craven Cowardice abets the creep of slime.
Rise, march against the lies which our lives blight:
Proclaim: “Bread and Roses for All” within our shores.
Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh 16th June,2023
An Open Letter to Keir Starmer & Labour NEC.
We are astonished and dismayed that Jamie Driscoll is being prevented from being considered as Labour's candidate for the North East Mayoralty. To exclude a politician of Jamie's calibre and commitment represents a monumental own goal.
Jamie has already proved to be an outstanding Mayor for the North of Tyne. Be it campaigning with other northern Mayors to put pressure on Westminster, or working on a cross party basis and with trade unions and communities, Jamie has always put the people of the North East first.
Jamie's drive and leadership in negotiating a devolution deal for the North East is widely acknowledged and as trade unionists we know that Jamie is firmly on the side of working people. He has stood with workers on the picket line and he has stood with trade unionists in their campaigns for better wages, jobs and services ....
We are calling for common sense to prevail and for Jamie to be given the opportunity to stand in the selection to be Labour candidate for North East Mayor.
Mick Lynch - RMT General Secretary
Mich Whelan - ASLEF General Secretary
Dave Ward - CWU General Secretary
Matt Wrack - FBU General Secretary
Brian Harris - FBU North East Regional Secretary
Sarah Woolley - BFAWU General Secretary
Bob Monks - URTU General Secretary
Fran Heathcote - PCS President (signed in a personal capacity)
Dr Jo Grady - UCU General Secretary (signed in a personal capacity)
Steve Gillan - POA General Secretary (signed in a personal capacity)
John Hall, Dan Lister & Lester Russell - NASUWT North East Region National Executive Members
Dr David Baines - NUJ Newcastle Branch Secretary