Disabled Soldiers denied benefits: We’re the first ones to starve the first ones to die The first ones in line for that pie-in-the-sky

Former Lance Corporal Adam Douglas who has had 20 operations on his spleen and spine after twice being wounded by grenade attacks in Iraq says he is being accused of faking his injuries by the DWP Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian
Former Lance Corporal Adam Douglas who has had 20 operations on his spleen and spine after twice being wounded by grenade attacks in Iraq says he is being accused of faking his injuries by the DWP Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

 

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But when the sky darkens and the prospect is war
Who’s given a gun and then pushed to the fore
And expected to die for the land of our birth
When we’ve never owned one handful of earth?

The Workers’ Song

Words & Music : Ed Pickford
Lyric as sung by Dick Gaughan

Come all of you workers who toil night and day
By hand and by brain to earn your pay
Who for centuries long past for no more than your bread
Have bled for your countries and counted your dead

In the factories and mills, in the shipyards and mines
We’ve often been told to keep up with the times
For our skills are not needed, they’ve streamlined the job
And with sliderule and stopwatch our pride they have robbed

But when the sky darkens and the prospect is war
Who’s given a gun and then pushed to the fore
And expected to die for the land of our birth
When we’ve never owned one handful of earth?

We’re the first ones to starve the first ones to die
The first ones in line for that pie-in-the-sky
And always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat’s about

All of these things the worker has done
From tilling the fields to carrying the gun
We’ve been yoked to the plough since time first began
And always expected to carry the can

Comments
  • Robin Macfarlane January 28, 2013 at 6:49 am

    This is nonsense by the Coalition.Pensioners are not included in this nor should disabled soldiers be included. you have our support 100%

    • JJ January 28, 2013 at 7:33 am

      NOBODY should be included!!! Pensioners are NOT included – FOR NOW! SOLIDARITY!

  • benkathie January 31, 2013 at 3:08 am

    we will fight for our soldiers all the way

  • Jayne connors November 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Good enough to fight for our bloody country then our being its are good enough for these brave guys and girls.
    Pay them now now questions asked war is fucked upand fucks up soldiers I’d like to see our government up the front line doing the job better.

    • alex December 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

      the only thing this tory gov are doing are fucking up lives we go into the service sound come out with our mind and body both fucked up for what nothing these mp havent a clue about war and how it affect us in everyday life and take from what we deserve a decent life for a hero

  • alex December 7, 2013 at 9:31 am

    All us ex soldiers who fought for queen and country and received our war disablement pensions deserve it we dont deserve to be discrimanated by the goverment they award us the pension but dont tell us it has to keep our everyday living and only get the first £10 pounds maybe when recruiting they should say fight for queen and country if injured your only worth a tenner this pensions is to make our lives more easy to handle and help with our medical conditions dla is a component for illness that is not counted as income so why should our medical pension be taken into account lets stand up for our rights i have been in contact with msp also the news papers that im waiting to hear from lets high light to the public and let them see how the gov helps its countries heros like a piece of discarded meat and left to rot

  • Jayne December 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I wish you could hear me screaming. God how I’m so ashamed of living in this country. Funny how the find millions to send to other countries when there’s a crisis. Fucking country’s gone to shite. British folk moan about it but have no sodding umph or back bone to stand up to this bleeding government.:(

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