Do not veil us because you find
what you have made us immodest.
Do not make me choose between
a fetish of decay and your diabetic,
cut-out and keep cockney.
We are not the squat canary,
beaked and blinking,
that you set to watch over us.
While we have no bread,
your five-ring circus will stink
of salted fish and the sickly green vapour
of your money and our weedy dreams.
Highstreet 2012 is the cosmetic improvement of the route through Whitechapel from the City of London to the Olympic park in Stratford.