In Memoriam de Jo Cox MP

One of the prime motivators of Brexit and the UKIP party was financed ironically by European groups whose members included fascists, homophobes and misogynists.

That same person, dog-whistling violence, has threatened to "pick up his rifle and head for the front line" if Brexit doesn't go his way.

 I reckon that a re-post of this, written shortly after the death of Jo Cox MP. is therefore appropriate.


Erect more walls, demolish all the bridges,

Put away your hearts and freeze them in your fridges,

Send round the bully-boys to frighten little children,

We will forget them, soldiers by the million.

Turn back the clocks, and cast us off, alone,

Blow the attack dog whistle, throw them a juicy bone,

Telling them: “Your women will be raped, go get your guns!”.

Now motherless they mourn, a daughter and a son.

The aircraft’s vulturing flight above our heads,

Mocks at her memorial: She Is Dead.

We wear Yorkshire roses, symbols of our love,

As storm clouds gathering weep for her, above.

We, the folk of North and South and East and West,

In mourning black, or working rig, or Sunday best,

Shared our sun and moon, our talk, our songs,

“Two World Wars’ lessons learned”, I thought; how wrong.

Snuff out the stars, spit on the bloodied sawdust floor,

Let rule the thoughtless thug and Neanderthal boor,

Let Britons drown in fascist hateful flood,

Was it for this, the millions spilled their blood?

bulliesfascistsJo Cox MP

◄ Bon Appétit Monsieur Le Tory!

Schrödinger's Squirrel ►


Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Thu 12th Sep 2019 09:09

This will be my last comment concerning my poem.

The subject matter of "In Memoriam" concerns:

1. a specific incident on a specific date (murder),

2. the victim/s,

3. the specific prevailing (and continuing) political climate which led up to that murder.

EG: "Johnson’s (and others' - my brackets) ugly rhetoric thrills the far right, but he’s playing with fire".

If any one wishes to approve of, or dissaprove of my description of the facts surrounding the murder of Joe Cox, they are welcome to do so.

If anyone wishes to assert their claim that "In Memoriam" is a pile of shite, in the course of Literary criticism, they are welcome to do so.

But if, for example, I have omitted to complain in "In Memoriam" about

A. the destruction of the NHS,
B. the burning of the Amazon forests,
C. the lack of Unicorns grazing on the Pennines,

the reader should not attempt to imply or infer that I approve of either A, B or C.

Similarly, when Jeremy Corbyn fails to go on the BBC Today programme to publicly condemn the taste of Brussels sprouts in the strongest possible terms, one ought not to jump to the conclusion that he is in a conspiracy with Brussels sprout growers to flood the supermarkets with sprouts, and thereby destroy the USA trade in chlorinated Brussels sprouts!

Dodgy logic, or something, I believe?

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 11th Sep 2019 00:38

In view of the response to my comment, please allow me to
elaborate to save misunderstanding about "moral equivalence".
A deranged mind can be "triggered" into action by a combination of
conviction, circumstance and convenience - and appalling deeds
result, such as the one described in this blog. There are others
to illustrate that this is a reasonable supposition. Consider the fates
of PC Blakelock and soldier Lee Rigby. All, including Jo Cox MP
were in public service and all were tragic victims of murderous extremist attackers driven by dark forces within their own personal

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Brian Maryon

Tue 10th Sep 2019 21:17

The way I read it...MC is supporting your position Uilleam. Perhaps I've misunderstood.

Having said that, Jo Cox was murdered by an extremist and I can't see that our politicians, however right wing their views, can be held responsible for the actions of an unhinged individual.

Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Tue 10th Sep 2019 21:04

"To which it can be added -".

No, it can NOT be added.

Moral equivocation or "whataboutery" as it is called these days.

This poem is about hate - mongering, bigotry, and the dog-whistling of homophobia, racism and politicians, and so-called "respectable", people in positions of power and influence. people who are under the very much mistaken impression that going into a church on a Sunday and singing nice cuddly songs once a week makes them into a good and caring person...while on a Monday as Prime Minister, they get on with wrecking the lives of the poor and otherwise vulnerable through their deliberate political decisions.

This poem is about the savage murder of someone whose only thought was to do good for the sake of others, enabled and caused by hate - mongering.

The murder of others by similarly motivated bigots and hate - mongers in any other part of the world should not be used to attempt to justify, or to belittle the death of Jo Cox MP.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 10th Sep 2019 15:41

To which it can be added -
If deeds and promises don't go their way
Extremist thugs come out to play.
Like the criminals who used the IRA
As a convenient cause to maim and slay.

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