Poetry – Who Needs them?

Who Needs them?

Doctors and police

Nurses and teachers-

Whining gits,

Moaners and leachers.

Who needs them?

Who really cares?

We’ve got ours.

They’ve got theirs.

Opher 20.9.2018

 It is the wealthy who make the laws, who run the system. They have their private schooling and private healthcare and live in their gated communities with security to keep them safe.

They resent every penny spent on public services. It’s wasted money. They screw their noses up when all those parasites whinge about their salaries or the fact that the institutions are falling to bits. Who cares? Who needs them?

Public Services – We need quality!

While some small minority is in a financial position to no longer require public services the majority of us would appreciate quality.
When I am on an operating table I would like to be in the hands of a superb surgeon.
I would like to be quickly diagnosed by an expert GP treated and cared for by a motivated nurse.
When I am threatened or have suffered a burglary I would like enthusiastic and skilled police to protect me and investigate with some hope of bringing the felons to justice.
I would like my grandchildren being taught in happy schools to really high standards by expert teachers.
I want fires put out by highly trained firemen, bins emptied, roads maintained and the council run effectively.

Why is it that some people think that these jobs are not vital? That these professions are not highly skilled? That these public servants are not worthy of our appreciation?

Why is it that the damage created by the politicians and bankers is being paid for by the public services?

Why is it that the public services are being subject to redundancy, pay freezes, puny 1% pay rises, worsened conditions of service and drastically reduced pensions?

Supposedly we are all in this together. So why tax cuts for the top end? Why inheritance hand-outs? Bonuses and pay rises in double figures for politicians and bankers?

Where is the justice? Fairness? Equality??

Clearly we are not all in this together!

If you create misery among our public servants it will be no surprise when it all goes pear-shaped!