With those things in mind, I offer you this topical piece of teacher's writing:
“This is a budget,” our chancellor says,
“For those who want to work hard and get on.”
Not the work-shy who just want to get by,
Not the outsiders, the ones you’d not bet on,
But our bankers and debtors,
Our real go-getters,
The ones who step out and step up and get on.
Have you got what it takes
To get and to take?
Are you right on the money?
Are you right on the make?
He got on in cotton,
He raped us in paper.
He lined his own pockets with hangings and glue,
He made it in fabrics and furnishings too.
Worked hard and got on.
Now, what about you?
Oh, so you’re not for the taking, the having, the getting?
You’re not for the owning and selling and letting?
Not even for profit? Not even? Come off it!
Are you one of those weirdos who just wants to be?
To care and to share and to have just enough,
Not to push and to shove and to take yet more stuff?
Don’t you get it? Don’t you get the picture?
How the poor get poorer and the rich get richer?
Well, you keep your poems and you keep your stories,
Cos ours is the power and ours is the glory,
Wealth without end, till I don’t know when,
For forgetter and for getter: our men.
NWP outreach director