Wednesday, 28 January 2015
New poem: The Economy - we love to hear that it's doing well
The ‘economy’...how we love to hear that the
economy is doing well, the economy is picking up,
there’s a strong economy. When we hear that, we
know that things are looking good. Things are
getting better. The economy. How we love the
economy when it’s doing well. If fact, you can be
doing very badly when the economy is doing well.
That doesn’t matter, though. If you know the
economy is doing well, you feel good. In fact, many
hundreds of thousands of people may be doing
very badly, and still the economy might be doing
well. How mysterious. How could that be? Could
it be that the economy is doing well precisely
because hundreds of thousands of people are
doing badly? Could it be that when people are
paid less or hardly anything at all, this makes it
easier for very few people to make much more?
Could it be that what goes for the ‘economy’ is
really a way of talking about how successful are
those people at doing well out of paying people
less or hardly anything at all? Yes, an economy
can be doing well, with people begging in the
street. Never mind that, though. The economy is
doing well. We love to hear that. Even the beggars
love to hear that. They can’t afford a radio or TV
so you’ll have to tell them. Why not pop down to
a soup kitchen near you and say, ‘Hello everyone,
the economy is doing well, the economy is strong’?
They’ll love it.