Poems of the Week

Sunak and Co. Wish (Some of) You a Merry (and Healthy) Christmas

by Philip Kitcher

“Nurses pledge tougher new strikes as NHS crisis deepens”
The Guardian

When Tory Ministers are sick,
and hourly feeling worse and worse,
they’re careless of arithmetic:
they’d give their all to pay a nurse.

But when they have returned to health,
old thoughts revive: they’re now averse
to placing curbs on private wealth,
and opening the public purse.

When low-paid workers make a threat
to strike, the government is terse.
How rapidly the rich forget!
So—Merry Christmas, gentle nurse.