The far-right don’t like diversity
They are scared, confused and crude
But I am proud of this diverse city
We won a victory, and subdued
Their threats, racism and bluster
They really haven’t got a clue
Hundreds we managed to muster,
Rally against their bigoted views.
Mardi Gras the carnival was called
A celebration of human rights.
Faced with violence, the Mercury stalled
Afraid of putting up a fight.
So we organised opposition instead
It really was quite easy.
But the march still hung by a thread
Because the council were quite queasy.
LGBT, black, white and brown
Unity it was the answer.
We gathered together in Leicester town,
Faced hate with music, dance and laughter.
But bullying and homophobia
Continue still, unabated,
Amidst far-right xenophobia,
So we peacefully demonstrated.
We are aiming for equality,
So let’s not get in a stew,
We can defeat bullies with frivolity,
Why can’t we love whomever we want to?
I hope you enjoy reading my poems, and, as always, all proceeds will go to help build the fightback against corporate political parties, to build a voice for the millions, not the millionaires.
To find out more about my politics, visit the website of the Committee For A Workers’ International, which is engaged in struggle in around 50 countries worldwide.