English no more

The latest in an occasional series of doggerel from my own diseased hand.

And, yes, I know that this is “English”, but I’ve just come back to this after finding a fragment I wrote last year, around the time of the IndyRef, so the idea of Englishness was foremost in my mind at the time. Given recent events, the reactionary, brutish part of the British nation seems to be be more English than anything else, so I thought it was appropriate to leave it there.

What’s happened to England?
The tolerant and free
Now you’ll sing when you’re told to
Then dance on TV

You’ll read what they sell you
You’ll watch what you’re told
Then they all cry “press freedom”
And hack people’s phones


So, screw the poor!
Hammer the weak!
These are the habits
the new English keep

The banks took our money
We’ll be paying for years
We’ve mortgaged our future
They’ve preyed on our fears

To the unions they said,
“Boys, you’ve had your day!
How dare you strike
for a fair day’s pay!”


So, screw the poor!
Hammer the weak!
These are the habits
the new English keep

The “poor” are whining
The system’s in tatters
But no one is poor –
at least no one who matters!

You’ll know your place
And bow to your betters
And they’ll try to convince you
“All in it together!”


So, screw the poor!
Hammer the weak!
These are the habits
the new English keep

And then there’s the cripples
Who just won’t shut up
You’re all fit for work, now!
Why don’t you get up?

Never mind if you’re dying
Never mind if you’re dead
You’re all workshy skivers
You’re not worth your bread


So, screw the poor!
Hammer the weak!
These are the habits
the new English keep

England’s full!
There’s no room here!
They’re overrunning us
Year on year

Send ’em all back!
The bombs aren’t that bad!
They’re here for the money
Send them back to Assad!


They’re screwing the poor
And hammering the weak
These are not habits
the English should keep

They are not my people
This is not my land
I am English no more

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