First they came for the miners…

From a comment by Takra in a letter to The Shropshire Star:

First they came for the miners

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a miner and my heating used oil

Then they came for the car workers

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a car worker and I drive a German car

Then they came for the steelworkers

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a steelworker and this was just market forces

Then they came for the trade unionists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a trade unionist and they’re all lefties anyway

Then they came for the Milk Marketing Board

And I did not speak out

Because it surely meant milk prices would go up

Then they came for the badgers and the bees

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a badger or a bee and those agrochemical companies surely never lie

Then they came for the disabled, workless and poor

And I did not speak out

Because I was not disabled, workless or poor and of course subsidies and grants are a right (nothing like benefits at all)

Then they came for me

And there was no one left

To speak out for me and I was a bit surprised the Tories had shafted me

Apologies to Pastor Martin Niemoller

It is wrong to tar all with the same brush – but it is hard to be too sympathetic given the general lack of support most farmers have had in the past for others (totally missing the irony of a Red Tractor sticker in the window of a BMW).

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