There’s a War On, They Say – Anti-Bedroom Tax Campaign

Today there is a vote in Parliament on scrapping the Bedroom Tax.  This penny-pinching measure which penalises the worst-off whilst leaving MP’s second homes and expenses untouched, has aroused the ire and indignation of millions.  Add your voice to theirs now – and then come back here and read my anti-Bedroom Tax poem which compares the measure to the wars we are currently remembering.

There’s a War On

There’s a war on, they say

we must all make sacrifices

tighten our belts

there’s not enough money to go round

so we must

tighten the public purse-strings

because there’s a war on.

I thought that was all over and done.


We are all in this war together, they say

we are all fighting this war

but I am on the losing side.

Morale has plummeted

the troops are ill-equipped

rations are low.

The Captain says,

he says it won’t last long

but we don’t see him here on the front line

not here.


And now we must all be evacuated

we must move

we’ve got too much space, they say

too much living-room

an extra bedroom

we must evacuate



This is our home, we’ve lived here for years

but there’s a war on now.


And so they come with their long knives

and they slice up our benefits

we used to manage

but we can’t now

we have to move

we have to cut back

we have to

put that light out

put that light out

put that light out!

Don’t you know there’s a war on?

(c) Liz Gray, 2014