'Austerity' - used by our current crop of particularly nasty politicians to justify their harmful ideology
Only following orders
ATOS assessor rubber-stamps another
triple-bypass case ‘fit for work’ –
sends them off to die
but ticks a box on
this week’s target-sheet –
They probably don’t vote Tory anyway.
could turn a blind eye
to trivial claim-form imperfections
or the odd slop
of supposedly tell-tale emulsion
but does not –
children hunger at school,
all for less in a week
than a politician’s breakfast bill
and the futile feeling
of a job done by the book.
could refuse to take
that homeless person’s bedding,
driving them out of sight
and scab over
where the rich won’t have
their rose-quartz eyes
polluted by the poor,
but prefers to tug a helmeted forelock,
hold onto that maybe-promotion,
while knowing it is wrong.
This is how it starts.