Ok as promised to start, a song for your listening pleasure while you read. I’d never heard of Show of Hands before I saw them on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday just gone. Listen to the lyrics and you’ll understand why this tune appeals to me.
You can see from the title of this post, this poem is basically a complaint, an activity which takes up a lot of my time these days. It’s about the way things are going and directly inspired by my work at the Youth Offending Team. When I posted this on facebook a friend of mine came up to me and said “you know, Pat, I don’t normally get into politics but that did make me think – that’s out of order”. Suffice to say, I was well chuffed, I figure if what I wrote got one person thinking about the issues I raised and he decided to tell me, there’s probably a handful of others who might also have found some food for thought. Anyway, here y’are.
Do Cameron Osbourne and Clegg really care
About the young people who live round here?
They keep telling us about “what’s fair”
Is it fair for these kids to see needles on the stairs?
The ones who wake up to grey towers everyday
The ones who are now losing their EMA.
That extra few quid will go a long way
When they need to get their oyster card paid
What about the kids with a hard life at home
Who have to learn to grow up alone
While their Mum’s in the pub getting herself trashed
Spending all the family’s cash
How will we help these children who haven’t got Mummy
When Social Services are losing 28% of their money?
In the mean time housing benefit’s been capped
So families move out to where poor people get stacked
We’ll put them in the ghetto so we can forget
That even in boom time there’s those who are crippled with debt
And not the debt from a mortgage or car
But to put food on the table it doesn’t go far
Let’s sort out those benefit cheats
The dancing incapacitated, that’s not discrete
Never mind the 25 billion lost through avoiding tax
Are these restrictions not too lax?
And for those who fought through a youth that’s testing
For themselves they’re trying to do the best thing
They want to better themselves at Uni
What’s waiting but up to 9 grand tuition fees!
Shouldn’t education be free?
Or is it just me?
Shouldn’t everyone have the same opportunity?
What the fuck happened to social mobility?
Can this world go on like this forever?
Where the rich get richer and the poor get worked over?
The government is retreating on taxing the banks
They’re far too weak to confront these financial tanks
Or maybe they just don’t have the will
To clamp down on the millions paid in bonuses still
And now the bankers tell us they’ll up and leave
Like the Chief Exec at HSBC
This mess that they made it’s all too easy
Do they care nothing for social responsibility?
I guess this is just business, competition the priority
But how can they not care about growing inequality?
What about the income tax top rate?
To take more from high earners they’ll always hesitate
How much over 150 thousand does a person really need?
Surely we’ve got to the point where we’re talking pure greed.
Do they stop and think about the poor with children to feed?
Do they have any empathy for the lives these people lead?
A savage world is surely not destined
We can’t let the greedy starve the rest of oxygen
Tell them we don’t accept this terrible mess we’re in
Feet on the streets our voices protesting.