Banbury Constituency Labour Party

22 Reasons for the Bedroom Tax by Carol Ann Duffy (Poet Laureate)

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy

Because the Badgers are moving the goalposts

The Ferrets are bending the rules.


The Weasels are taking the hindmost.

The Otters are downing tools.



The Hedgehogs are changing the game-plan.

The Grass-snakes are spitting tacks.


The Squirrels are playing the blame-game.

The Skunks are twisting the facts.


The Pole-cats are upping the ante.

The Foxes are jumping the gun.


The Voles are crashing the party.

The Stoats are dismantling the Sun.


The Rabbits are taking the biscuit.

The Hares are losing the plot.


The Eagles are kicking the bucket.

The Rats are joining the dots


The Herons are throwing a curveball.

The Shrews are fanning the flames.


The Field Mice are sinking the 8-ball.

The Swans are passing the blame.


And the Pheasants are draining the oil from the tank –

but only the Bustards have broken the bank.


This poem was published in The Guardian on 12 October 2013 – it sums up quite beautifully the Government’s “Culture of Blame”. It is always someone else’s fault when Tory/Lib Dem policies fail or hurt other people.

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