The 'Strong & Stable' Mantra - General Election 2017 (week 3)
This week I thought I'd share a poem that came to my attention via Disability Arts Online. It sums up for me the tactics the Tories employ to get their message across. They use soundbites and mantras like a refrain which sink into the public psyche. But they have little substance. This wonderfully satirical poem sums it up perfectly and demonstrates how hollow it all is and deflects from what's really going on. Do not be fooled.
All Together Now - A poem by Judith Milburn
Theresa May has kitten heels And legs like Betty Grable; Of COURSE that proves her leadership Is really strong and stable!
Let's wheel on Boris for a laugh On Sky, Beeb, Mail or cable. His jibes are bound to make us look Big and strong and stable. Who cares about election fraud - Best swept under the table. (Just make sure no-one's charged 'til June, To keep us strong and stable!) Don't dig below the headlines, now, Don't question if we're able; Just repeat the same old riff: 'We're very strong and stable!' Our strength is putting others down, Our sympathy's a fable; We bully, harm and isolate - And call it 'strong and stable'. We hate what we don't understand And box it with a label. So if you disagree, we'll say That you aren't strong and stable. Don't be 'foreign', poor, ill, old, Raped, unemployed, disabled - That doesn't fit with our idea Of being strong and stable. For God's sake don't be taken in By their 'strong and stable' lie; Value humanity when you vote - Or hope, and people, die.
Poem shared courtesy of a member of Disability Arts Online