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''The Plight of Alan Yardley''

Before I begin - please note in Britain ''JSA'' means ''Jobseekers Allwance'' - £147-00 per fortnight. Out of that comes mortgage, electricity, water and service charge - easy it aint ! - ''A few bob'' would be ''a few dollars'' in the U.S. ''Flat'' would be ''apartment''

The Plight of Alan Yardley

Do you know Alan Yardley ?
Not his real name - not even hardley

Alan smiles and tells a joke
Yet when he gets home he has to choke

He's on JSA - can't pay his bills
Another victim of today's ills

He wonders how things got so bad
Remembering when he was a lad

For then he had money to spend
Today he cannot comprehend.....

.....why he cannot get a job
He only wants to earn a few bob

To pay the mortgage on his flat
Plus other bills on the mat

I'm sure you know him, I'm sure you do
For Alan is really me......and you....

Copyright © David Lowe | Year Posted 2011


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