Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Taking Back Control


When the girls in the pharmacy shake their heads
to say there's still no sign of your meds
and they're frightened that old folk may soon be dead,
ain't it wonderful to know
we've taken back control.

When the lorries are stopped at the harbour gates
with the food onboard past its sell-by date
for the paperwork's wrong or the duties are late
ain't it heartening to know
we've taken back control?

When a man on the radio says apples and pears
will both be cheap from the Southern Hemisphere
- and if he's heard of 'food miles' he simply doesn't care
don't you really want to know
who's taken back control?

When a visa must be bought for a holiday in Spain
and all the British pensioners are coming home again
while the young Polish grafters have fled our English rain
ain't it wonderful to know
we've taken back control?

When US companies are eyeing up our health
trading cradle-to-the-grave for greater Yankee wealth,
breaking up the NHS through back-room deals and stealth
ain't it a tonic just to know
we've taken back control?

And when, with conniving cynical intent,
Boris and his boys suspended Parliament,
at last you realised exactly what they meant
when they grinned and said there's no impediment
to us taking back control -
we're taking back control!

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