On budget day the red box is held aloft,
Darling's shock white hair a cut fox
spilling itself to crimson. A 4% increase
on the price of wine & beer puts no stop
on a binge, the well-off drink in the belief
that they help the poor through tax.
Someone said it was a budget of Old
Mother Hubbard - she's wearing
aphetamine gladrags & still wants
to eradicate child poverty. Pint glasses
are clinked around the crib to make
a special moment of joyous spontaneity
that may be remembered tomorrow -
as John James put it: "If there is memory
in working class life it is because
things are always being taken away"