Steve is the lead singer and songwriter for east London punk minstrels, Steve White & The Protest Family. He's written poetry since childhood and poems, such as The Daily Mail List of Things That Give You Cancer and British Cheese For British People, would occasionally make their way into the band's live set. The Covid pandemic has opened that door much wider though, and Steve's 180-odd pieces written during the crisis are fairly evenly split between song and spoken word and his online broadcasts, solo and with the band, have been part music, part poetry reading, with no sign of that stopping when they return to the live stage.
My postie’s being bullied by Iain Duncan Smith With his smug face and folded arms On posters showing all his charmless DWP-ness And shaming sick statistics, A careless Tory trick which Doesn’t mention COVID at all. A deliberate omission From a man in his position. “43% are absent from work” he cries To his allies About workers they despise Though, in truth, deserving of a pay rise For tireless work on the pandemic front line Getting your mail to you on time, Because when it’s not just a touch of the ‘flu Post every other day will do. So, I am righteously miffed That my postie’s being bullied by Iain Duncan Smith
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