THE BLUE ROSE OF FORGETFULNESS

Submitted by AWL on 25 July, 2008 - 5:05 Author: Sean Matgamna

THE BLUE ROSE OF FORGETFULNESS
The Kinnock Rose is blooming now
In Thatcher's shadow trained to grow:
It signifies apostacy,

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An anonymous "young Labour MP" told
Radio 4's"Today" programme that the Red Flag
should be rewritten as "The Red Rose"

"The historical memory of the bourgeoisie is
in the traditions of its rule, in the country's
institutions and laws, in the cumulative
art of government. The memory of the
working class is in its party: the reform
party is the party of poor memory."
— Leon Trotsky.

Tune: The Red Flag

The Kinnock Rose is blooming now
In Thatcher's shadow trained to grow:
It signifies apostasy,
But circumstances change, you see.

So raise Neil Kinnock's standard high,
Old principles we'll sell and buy,
Though Reds may flinch and trotskies sneer,
Chamelion politics rule here!

His love was like a red, red rose,
But disappointment changes those
Who have the sense to learn from life,
Now Kinnock plies the traitor's knife

All capitalists he used to hate,
But Kinnock changed, and not too late,
He's seen the truth, the market's tops,
Those without bread can eat the slops.

Hot words were lightly spoken, Neil,
But mind must bring the heart to heel,
One must grow up and take one's stand
With those who wield power in this land.

With values covered, swear we now,
To circumstances we will bow,
The homeless can grow stiff and cold
The sick will thrive when they have gold.

A rose by any other name
Is still itself, remains the same,
The climate shifts, but we stay true:
Dear Margaret, we will ape you!

The Kinnock Rose is blooming now,
In Thatcher's garden trained to grow,
And 'ere young Ramsay Kinnock's through
This rose he'll tint to duck-egg blue.

So raise Neil Kinnock's standard high,
Old principles he'll sell and buy,
Though Reds may flinch and trotskies sneer,
Camelion politics rule here!

S.O. 1989

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