January 21st, 2006


No happy, Jan ...

My politics tend to the left, no surprise there.  My reaction to the fact that the Howard government is dismantling industrial legislation that has given workers the right to award wages, leave, holidays etc and effectively destroying unions at the same time - not good, and possibly combined with lots of naughty words.  How to I feel about my son working at a job that requires him to work 10 hour days, six days a week, on a commission basis with no retainer, for the minimum of $20-40 a day, with no leave or benefits, or even reasonable meal breaks - immensely sad and frustrated, but I can't tell him that.  All I can do is support him in his endeavours and hope that he realises he is being exploited, sooner rather than later.  I keep hearing Billy Bragg in the back of my mind in relation to both situations.

Between The Wars

I was a miner
I was a docker
I was a railway man
Between the wars
I raised a family
In times of austerity
With sweat at the foundry
Between the wars

I paid the union and as times got harder
I looked to the government to help the working man
And they brought prosperity down at the armoury
Between the wars

I kept the faith and I kept voting
Not for the iron fist but for the helping hand
For theirs is a land with a wall around it
And mine is a faith in my fellow man
Theirs is a land of hope and glory
Mine is the green field and the factory floor
Theirs are the skies all dark with bombers
And mine is the peace we knew
Between the wars

Call up the craftsmen
Bring me the draughtsmen
Build me a path from cradle to grave
And I'll give my consent
To any government
That does not deny a man a living wage

Go find the young men never to fight again
Bring up the banners from the days gone by
Sweet moderation
Heart of this nation
Desert us not, we are
Between the wars

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