Turn the Tide
You couldn’t blame the RMT
For threatening to go out on strike
To protect the public
After people got told to return to work
But not use to public transport
Only to then do so in London.
You couldn’t blame the unions for Education
For pleading with the government
Not to let schools reopen
At the beginning of June
Until a full roll-out of a national test
And trace scheme was in place.
Taking away another element
Of everything you knew every time
You read about another rammed train
Whether in London
Or near where you used to work
Only a few years before
Causing the world to shrink
Further and further inside yourself
When you read about a night club
In South Korea
Which shut as quick as it opened.
Discharging my trust in everything I read
When I see pictures of people
Shoulder to shoulder on the underground or bus
And thinking the stiff British upper lip
Will pull them through this,
Failing to realise this will not turn the tide.