Postscript to a Referendum
(In Memoriam Jo Cox MP, 1974 – 2016)
“I saw the darkness rising from afar,”
Max Herrmann-Neisse: Damnation 1933
At the Nuremberg Trials in 1946,
Edgar Faure, a prosecutor for the allies,
Named the great lure that Fascism held out
To the powerless and poor in Germany.
All of a sudden it was no longer them,
Who were the dregs of their society. Instead
They had been given a new under-class
Of human beings, to persecute and to maltreat.
Fast forward through the seven decades since,
To the campaign for exiting from Europe.
The self-same lies are peddled to new losers,
Their bigotry a substitute for any knowledge.
Simply for being British-born, they’re offered
A whole new under-class of human beings
To blame for any grievances or problems,
Instead of facing what their own failings are.
This exit makes of migrants the Jews of our time.
As we judge Germans by what their fathers did,
This generation will be judged for choosing
To reject the lessons of Jo Cox’s life and death