The Charge of the EastLY Brigade

At a guess, I reckon there were at least 200 young liberal activists in Eastleigh over the course of the campaign. – Reece

I

Bursledon, Bishopstoke,

Fair Oak and onward,

Right through to polling day

Worked the two hundred.

II

Where the hell is Eastleigh?

What’s it to you or me?

Chris Huhne had blundered.

(Lied over speeding points,

Wife sent him to the joint).

Right through to polling day

Worked the two hundred.

III

Labour to left of them,

Tories to right of them,

UKIP more right of them,

Media pondered.

Red both in tooth and claw,

Fighting an all-out war.

But did they falter? No,

Not the two hundred.

IV

Posting the leaflets there,

Sent from our Liberal lair.

Hutchings, confounded,

Moaned about Botley Green,

Pounded pavements hard and mean,

Didn’t keep the campaign clean,

Like the two hundred.

V

Rennard to right of them,

Rennard to left of them.

‘Peer in Sex Scandal’ fumed

Sun, Mail and Mirror.

Front pages covered,

Calls for the leader’s head,

Was now our campaign dead?

Not with two hundred.

VI

When can their glory fade?

What a campaign they made!

Right-wingers sundered!

Fight for the liberal voice,

Britain: There is a choice.

Thank you, two hundred.

 

Reece Edmends is a Liberal Youth Non-Portfolio Officer, proud member of the two hundred, and the Libertine’s Poet Laureate. 

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