Austerity

Austerity’s a mystery plan
It’s full of holes and flaws
It works out best for wealthy folks who can avoid tax laws
It causes bafflement to the sensible
Economists’ despair
For when they reach the quarter’s end, Recovery’s not there! 
Austerity, austerity, there’s nothing like austerity
It’s broken many people’s homes
Hurts people with impunity
Osborne’s powers of calculation would make the World Bank stare
And when you reach the quarter’s end, Recovery’s not there! 
You may seek it in the High Street
You may look up stocks and shares
But I tell you once and once again, Recovery’s not there! 
Austerity owns a ginger prat
He’s very dull and dim
He does his master’s dirty work and mimics dear old Gid
Says we can pay for HS2
But can’t repair the roads
And if you’re on any benefits
Who cares if you lose your home?
They say they’ll save us money on our heating bills this year
But don’t believe a word of it: the Big Six just don’t care
Corporations avoid their taxes
While people take payday loans
Buildings dusty with neglect
We’re all being bought and sold
Austerity, austerity, there’s nothing like austerity
Better hope that you don’t break a bone
They’ve closed Accident & Emergency
VAT goes up but millionaires get breaks
You really have to wonder how much more pain we can take
You may walk a ghostly High Street
No living wage, no spending
Zero hours are all the rage; when’s austerity ending?
We’re “all in this together”
Building homes most can’t afford
An aspiration nation for precious few of those who work hard
And when the NHS is looted
Or inflation keeps on rising
Or education gets you nowhere
Or when compassion’s missing
Or employment rights are stifled
Or wages are suppressed, infrastructure past repair
There’s the wonder of the thing: Recovery’s not there! 
Austerity, austerity, there’s nothing like austerity
Even cutting firemen ’cause we can’t afford the salaries
He always has an answer and one or two to spare
“If anyone is suffering
They’re shirkers, so who cares?”
And they say that all the MPs whose wicked deeds are widely known
(I might mention Eric Pickles, Duncan Smith, Cameron)
Are nothing more than agents for the one who all the time
Just controls the operations
The Chancellor of Crime! 
Austerity, austerity, there’s nothing like austerity
He’s a fiend in human shape
Shocking in his audacity
For he won’t bat an eyelid
At anyone’s despair
When inflation outstrips wages and Recovery’s not there! 

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