The Scent That Captures That "1930s Moment"!
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...Not far enough, no doubt the propertied Tory will hope,
While the shelterless residuum of his constituents are carried
Away by the purges of impossible blows, ferocious and
Unfeeling as the blasts of opprobrium apportioned to
A beggar by minted Tory politician to the thuggish
Gobby monosyllables of GET A JOB, GET A JOB, GET A JOB!
Nothing allegorical about it: this is just the jab-jab-jab-boff
Of the painfully unfigurative toe-capped boot of intolerance,
Of gentrified fascism… And sofa-surfers no doubt make
The most of ripped-up flytipped sofas wiggling like loose
Cloth-puppet tooths from the lockjawed mouths of skips,
To ride jolting St Jude, whether roughshod or in saddle,
Politicians pass-the-buck, then place their chips on buckaroo…
One night a Brighton hobo had a dream –
He dreamd he was hobbling along the beach of the Ward
With his local MP – and across the sand smudged strange graphs;
In each graph he noticed two sets of statistics,
One was spun by Government, the other uncovered by experts –
The former was in double-figures but the latter was in treble.
Strangely, the Government graph was of sharper definition.
The beggar looked back at the statistics in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the street-traipse of his life
There was only one set of statistics –the Government’s,
Which didn’t chime with the numbers he’d known
And often counted on, who’d either been thrown into prison,
Left out on the street, or died from exposure to the elements.
And he noticed these statistics were at their sharpest
At the hardest times of deaths and fatal incidents
Hardly noticed by the specially appointed Tsars to chart them.
This really bothered him and he questioned his MP about it:
“Honourable Member, you said that once I consulted you
At your surgery about my homeless situation that you
Would help me find a shelter, or if not, at least explain
Why we homeless can no longer squat in empty properties
No matter how wretched the weather might be…
But I’ve noticed that during these most exposed periods
There was only one set of statistics in the sand..
I don’t understand why in times when we needed you most,
You should not represent us…”.
The MP replied, “My impecunious constituent,
I do not and would never, ever represent you,
Especially not during the passage of anti-squatting legislation.
When you saw only one set of statistics in the sand,
It was then that I buried you”…
It is simply UNACCEPTABLE that some on benefits have
More coming in than those who WORK (bark WORK!);
To think, those feral urban foxes, feckless non-contributors
And lounging scroungers finding it easier to keep Mr Wolf
From the door than the Jemima Puddleduck working poor,
Who also have to wait longer than Johnny Foreigner fleeing
Some oily war, longer than the sponger, or sicko, for social
Housing or a Council House anchor –so now you know
What to say to those Little Red Chiding Hoodies, Do-Gooders
And Bleeding Heart Liberals when they start bleating
Like lambs about the stigmatised poor! NO MORE!
(Shout NO MORE!)… Now all those in social housing or
Council flats with one bedroom more than they need
Must be forced to move out or face a cut in their Local
Housing Allowance –the new Herodic Law; and that
Also goes for disabled tenants swinging the lead with one
Spare bedroom used to store their equipment: they have
The option to downsize their specially adapted spaces,
Or downgrade their impairments; or find smaller places
Out in the doughnut-churn of outer ghettos; or take in
Lodgers; or limp their way down to Thierry’s Breton’s
Local Work Capability Assessment centres for doses
Of miracle cures, take in the waters of the Atos Grotto,
The replenishing spas, nothing to lose: if they’re not scroungers
They’ll slowly sink to the bottom and probably drown,
And if they are scroungers, they’ll float on the surface
And be declared “fit to work”, then be pushed under by
Having their benefits stripped –while hundreds of others
Previously employed in spite of disabilities are suddenly
On the dole again since the Remploy factories were deemed
‘Unfit’ to employ them for lack of productivity, these
Now ex-workers found only “fit” for unemployment;
These clearances and closures of underoccupied or under-
Productive spaces have to be done in order to rehouse two
Million families cramped in over-occupied accommodation…
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To making work pay; a miracle cure guaranteed to soften up
Those tight tissues and tensing muscles that stand in the way
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