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  Moved to Mumbai
by Ian R Thorpe
Saturday, December 20, 2003
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A traditional song from North East England, Blaydon Races is updated to become a sharp social comment on the state of the jobs market in this latest "Norfolk and Good" spoof. I'm sure the exporting of jobs to low labour cost areas is as much a problem in the U.S. as in Britain.


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We were made redundant upon the first of June,
The hard word came from personnel on a Friday afternoon
They told us "don't come monday folks your jobs have relocated,"
Indian workers are low paid so we had been downgraded. 

CHORUS
Ah me lads, they dropped us in the poo - poo,
Forget about the global trade the economy is snafu,
Cut costs increase your turnover, the argument still rages
But how can we buy their products if we don't get any wages

All the lads and lasses then were signing on the welfare,
Queueing to claim benefits for food and clothes and healthcare.
No - one has a job round here, they're very hard to come by,
The call centres have shut up shop and moved away to Mumbai

CHORUS
Ah me lads, they dropped us in the poo - poo,
Forget about the global trade the economy is snafu,
Cut costs increase your turnover, the argument still rages
But how can we buy their products if we don't get any wages.

Now accountants rule the roost no logical appeal works
First they closed the factories, the coal mines and the steelworks,
They tore apart communities pursuing more efficiency,
Not seeing their projections had one major deficiency.

CHORUS
Ah me lads, they dropped us in the poo - poo,
Forget about the global trade the economy is snafu,
Cut costs increase your turnover, the argument still rages
But how can we buy their products if we don't get any wages.

 

 

 


The murder of democracy


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Reviewed by Jennifer Butler 4/16/2004
That poo - poo line just cracks me up. :)
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 12/23/2003
Great poem, serious satire. Poo poo happens!
Reviewed by Oirdheirc Mor (Reader) 12/22/2003
Hi Ian,
Why I man, now't a couple o' Bottles o' neuky broon wid'nt fix.

Having once gone to Morpeth Grammar, and later lived in Whitley Bay.
I too have seen the tradition industries in that region vitually going one after another.
Even the making of Japanese cars has not saved the region.

I reckon we will just have to make the Keel Row.
Having been to China, I can tell you, that country could eat both America and us for tea when it gets really hungry.

Where have you been all day Billy Boy, Billy boy.

Good one.
Mor
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 12/20/2003
Hmmm, globalization is a serious threat to labor markets in westernized nations, but a boon to third world countries. The next 100 - 500 years will be bad for us as this becomes more and more commonplace. The wealthy countries will become poorer, as the poor ones become wealthier. A lot of hardship ahead.

Buttttt, great poem...giggling over here. ~ Sara
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 12/20/2003
Humorous lyrics, Ian...~Z~

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