Harking back to 1979, a Christmas carol from the Guardian archive

Strikes, struggling industries, unemployment… Not a fan of the festive season? Just for you, a carol on Thatcher’s Britain from the Guardian archive

A 1979 Carol

Hark! the hollow pledges ring
Laissez faire, a second spring
Market forces running wild
Now by Whitehall undefiled.
Only weaklings utter sighs
As our manufacture dies,
When the dole queues get too long
Wages will undercut Hong Kong.
Adam Smith should you resist
Malthus is next on Maggie’s list.

Wedgie plans a different game
Job protection is its name.
Why let foreign goods come in?
We won’t play if we can’t win.
Make the bourgeoisie invest!
Worker zeal will do the rest.
As example doubtless he’ll
Proudly point to British Steel.
Ci-devant aristo, he,
Knitting for the NEC.

Who’s this revenant urbane
‘lighting from the gravy train?
Social Democratic joy!
’tis our standard-bearer Roy
Leading us to pastures new
With a sense of deja-vu.
Though consensus failed before,
All we need is plenty more.
Hark! the hollow pledges ring
Who will our salvation bring?

Charles Anthony

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