Tuesday, October 27, 2015

STEALING OUR STEEL MARKETS! (weekly poem)


STEALING OUR STEEL MARKETS! 

The closure of British steel plants due to cheaper
Chinese steel has led to complaints of ‘dumping’.

The Market System, ‘Is supreme’,
That’s the official line;
And though most people may be poor,
It is a fact of Natural Law,
We dare not undermine.

As ‘Competition,’ we’re informed,
‘Upholds the commonweal’--
Until the Chinese steel cartel,                                                                                                                                                                                        
With fiendish cuts starts to outsell,  
Our ‘Dear’ old British Steel.

When cheaper wares from distant shores,
Have British products trumped;
The Market’s then a dirty word,
And one more dirty word is heard,
That foreign goods are ‘Dumped’.

There’s calls for British merchandise,
To now be subsidised;
With ‘Competition’ out of mind,
Its ‘Benefits’ now left behind,
And ‘Free Trade’ demonized.

And now proud ‘Private Enterprise’,
Relies upon the State;
So that the ‘Enterprising Few’,
Won’t lose their ‘hard earned’ revenue,
And be left to their fate!

© Richard Layton

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