The Day Justice Died

A long long time ago
I can still remember how Legal Aid used to be paid
And if lawyers had a chance
They could help some people out
And maybe they’d be happy for a while
But Parliament made us shiver
With every “reform” it delivered
Bad news in the Gazette
LawSoc couldn’t stop one more step
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about justice denied
But something touched me deep inside
The day Legal Aid died

So bye bye
Justice denied
Drove a chevy through our levies
‘Cause they said they’re too high
And good old toffs sipping whiskey and wine
Celebrated as Legal Aid died
This’ll be the day justice dies

Do you believe a Tory gov
Or do you have faith in a High Court judge
If the media tells you to
Now do you believe in the common law
Can justice save your mortal soul
And can you represent yourself alone?
Well, I know that you’re not mad at them
‘Cause you didn’t raise an almighty din
Oblivious to our gloom
Man, you couldn’t see what you’d lose
I was a lowly teenage law student
With a pink highlighter and a statute book
But I knew I was out of luck
The day Legal Aid died

I started singing bye bye
Justice denied
Drove a chevy through our levies
‘Cause they said they’re too high
And good old toffs sipping whiskey and wine
Celebrated as Legal Aid died
This’ll be the day justice dies

Now for ten years plus we’ve been on our own
They say we’ve grown fat on the public’s woes
But then that’s how it’s always been
While McCartney sang for the bloody queen
His awful voice drowned out our screams
LASPO shattered our naive dreams
‘Cause while you all were looking down
Politicians stole Justice’s sword and crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No lawyers will return
And while Gove reviled the book of Marx
Supreme Justices met in a secret court
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day Legal Aid died

We were singing, bye bye
Justice denied
Drove a chevy through our levies
‘Cause they said they’re too high
And good old toffs sipping whiskey and wine
Celebrated as Legal Aid died
This’ll be the day justice dies

Helter skelter in a freezing winter
People lost their rights to warmth and shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
The DWP landed foul on its ass
The lawyers took their one last chance
With May on the sidelines screaming crap
Now every win’s a sweet perfume
But the press is singing to their tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance
‘Cause the lawyers tried to take the field
The politicians refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day Legal Aid died?

We started singin’ bye bye
Justice denied
Drove a chevy through our levies
‘Cause they said they’re too high
And good old toffs sipping whiskey and wine
Celebrated as Legal Aid died
This’ll be the day justice dies

Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on, please say something, please speak out
Don’t watch these “reforms” without a sound
‘Cause silence is the devil’s only friend
Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan’s spell
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Grayling laughing with delight
The day Legal Aid died

He was singin’ bye bye
Justice denied
Drove a chevy through our levies
‘Cause they said they’re too high
And good old toffs sipping whiskey and wine
Celebrated as Legal Aid died
This’ll be the day justice dies

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred court
Where I’d heard of justice years before
But the man there said the lawyers weren’t paid
And in the streets, the children screamed
Ex lovers cried, equality a distant dream
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the men I admire most
Supreme Court Justices, Master of the Rolls
They caught the last train for the coast
The day Legal Aid died

And they were singin’ bye bye
Justice denied
Drove a chevy through our levies
‘Cause they said they’re too high
And good old toffs sipping whiskey and wine
Celebrated as Legal Aid died
This’ll be the day justice dies.

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4 thoughts on “The Day Justice Died

  1. Pamela Almaz

    My son was beaten up by police on a student demonstration. He used his compensation to work as a volunteer in the US dedicated to the rights of prisoners on death row. He did a law degree and qualified in 2003. Now an advocate in extradition cases I’ve watched his passion and motivation erode over the years. A wage slave he lives in a bed sit struggling to pay off student loans and other debts.

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