Here you will find songs and poems aimed at achieving something or righting a wrong. For example, there is generally a lower pension given to a widower of a teacher, a police officer or member of the NHS staff than to an equivalent widow. In the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, up to 16 years of a female teacher’s service are disregarded when it comes to calculating benefits. (Qualifying years count from 1988 onwards for females, from 1972 for males). I think the law should be changed so that there is full equality, and I have written a song about it: She Will Survive“.
In 2016, I re-versed a Christmas song to encourage the local authority and electricity board to fix a street light on a dangerous corner, which had been out of action for two years. And it had an impact, because the light was eventually fixed. Hurrah!
August 2017’s poem was dedicated to the idea that Willow margarine is not butter, even if it is packaged to look like it, and has the words “buttermilk” and “churned” written on the side. For this reason, I would like Tesco and Morrisons (and any other supermarkets) to stop positioning it alongside the real butter.
- The King’s Breakfast Butter (based on AA Milne’s The King’s Breakfast. )
- When a Child’s Run Down (based on When a Child is Born – Johnny Matthis / Boney M)
- She Will Survive. My most important campaign song is about teachers’ pensions and here’s an extract …
At first I was afraid, I was mystified,
Kept wondering what my wife would live on when I died,
But then I got to thinking survivors’ benefits were wrong,
And I grew strong, and I sat down to write this song.
And so I’m back, and in your face.
I’ve come to campaign on the discriminatory pension case.
You should have changed that stupid law
You should have “done” equality
You should have known in just one second I’d be back to the DfE!
Read more here – “She Will Survive“. For those who remember Danny Kaye, there’s also:
Teachers, teachers, the ones in the marigolds,
TPS arithmetic, you’ll probably despair.
Same-sex and widowers, measure what the law withholds,
Seems to me it’s plain to see the benefits aren’t fair.
- Background: 2 & 2 are 3,
- 4 & 4 are 7,
- 8 & 8 are 13,
- 1988 – 1972 are 16 years missed ..
Inchworm, inchworm, measuring the marigolds
You and your arithmetic, you’ll probably go far
Inchworm, inchworm measuring the marigolds
Seems to me you’d stop and see how beautiful they are.