It was the second debate for the leadership of our political parties for the election here in the UK last night (brief catch up for my US based readers). And so, this week’s Song Of The Week has to be Dear Mr President, a joint effort by Pink and The Indigo Girls.
It’s quite fitting in a way that this song came back into my life this week. It was written with reference to GB Jr, when he was President of the USA, but actually… this has a lot of relevance to the politicians who are standing for office now.
“What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street?”
David Cameron might be all about the ‘right to buy‘ but the people sleeping on the street need a bit more help than those in rented housing. Homelessness is on the rise in the UK. What is he going to do about that?
“What do you feel when you look in the mirror? Are you proud?”
Nick Clegg, appearing on TV show ‘The Last Leg’ rated his regret level about defaulting on the Liberal Democrats’ student loan pledge at 9.5 out of 10. How does he feel when he looks in the mirror?
Politicians are so far removed from daily life, this song gives out some reminders of what our people face:
“Lemme tell you about hard work: minimum wage with a baby on the way…”
“Lemme tell you about hard work: building a bed out of a cardboard box…”
“Lemme tell you about hard work, hard work, hard work
You don’t know nothin’ ’bout hard work, hard work, hard work”
They get pay rises. We get austerity measures.
It also raises a few feminist issues too:
“What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away?”
“What kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?”
Those two go out specially to Nigel Farage, who wants to take us out of Europe (which would remove our maternity leave rights). He’d also rather that ‘ostentatious’ breast feeding mothers didn’t embarrass people around them. And he allows bigots and homophobes into his party and then defends them on live radio.
Have a listen. And think what questions you would ask if your MP or preferred party leader came and took a walk with you…
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