National Poetry Day

As it’s National Poetry Day, I thought I’d attack  my moribund blog with a defibrillator, so that I could stick my latest poem on it.

I premiered this in September, at the excellent Howl spoken word night in Birmingham.

It was inspired by the meaningless phrase “Brexit means Brexit”, and by the fact that rather than evidence-based policy making, we seem to be living in an era of policy-based evidence making.

Here comes the minister and she’s cutting hard today
She’s cutting hard for harder cuts, for cutting is the way

You’re a shirker, not a striver, so it’s your fault that you’re poor
You just need an incentive to propel you through the door
You mustn’t let a little illness stop you getting on
We’ve got a test that proves that you can run a marathon

Here comes the minister and he’s cutting hard today
He’s cutting hard for harder cuts, for cutting is the way

Forget the maths you learned at school. No need to be alarmed
Five does go into seven, and no patient will be harmed
It doesn’t matter that the doctors say his facts are shot
He had an operation once, so he knows what is what

Here comes the minister and she’s cutting hard today
She’s cutting hard for harder cuts, for cutting is the way

Three letters known throughout the world help Britain make a din
Its culture is for all of us, because we all chip in.
Why would you destroy this treasure house and all that’s in it?
The answer burps up from down under, Rupert. Sky’s the limit

Here comes the ministers and they’re cutting hard today
They’re cutting hard for harder cuts, for cutting is the way

They’ll make the service fail so they can privatise by stealth
The way you buy your coffee will be how you buy your health
It breaks my heart to see these things we cherish being bled so
But all is fine, and all is good. The minister has said so

 

 

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