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The Rhyming Guide to COVID-19


Right now almost all of us have got a lot to lose

Suddenly we got the truth and people don’t know what to do

It’s not the flu, look around the world yourself, watch the news

There's tens of thousands dying now and I don’t want that to be you


A lot of us are trying to do our best to fight the virus

People here are dying and we're starting to get frightened

Governments around the world have given proper guidance

But for weeks all we seemed to get here is silence


Our government's response has been absolute insanity

Reckless at best and mass murder in reality

Every other government has got a proper plan

But if we just wash our hands then we can fix it magically!


I mean am I just meant to sigh, like: 

Ahh but that’s just Boris

I’m stuck at home in bed now but that’s just Boris

I can’t pay my rent now but that’s just Boris

My Grandad’s dead now but that’s just Boris


They never do what’s best for us, only what they feel to

They’re only gonna heal you when their friends can bill you

I know it’s hard to hear but soon you’re gonna see the truth

That the virus makes you ill but it's the government that kills you


I mean, the official plan they’ve had to fight the virus

Has literally been to give everyone the virus...


Their idea was clear: give it to the nation

“Let the disease run through the population”

Don't do a single thing to stop its circulation

“Take it on chin” and accept the situation


They called it ‘Herd immunity’ and scientists destroyed it

So now they say they changed the plan and that we must avoid it


Yeah… it took them almost two months to decide that we should avoid the virus




So now you can tell your friends and relatives

We need to slow the spread of it

To buy ourselves time to study how to get ahead of it 

But that’s just one of many things that we need to do 

And it’s useless unless we do mass testing too


I mean if we don’t do tests then we don’t know where it’s active

So we can’t treat people cos we don’t know who has it

So people think they’re healthy but actually they have it

And the virus keeps on spreading and we all increase the damage


So why is nobody being tested?

I’m really asking, honestly

It’s like stopping testing on the nation is a policy

We need to be protected here before we’re all infected here

The deaths are going up and that’s cos they’re not acting properly


And you know what they said

You do know what they said?

That infection rates *could* reach up to 80%

But actually just half of that with 2% mortality

Would mean over 500,000 people dead


Put that number on the side of a bus...


And that’s just the people who would die directly

Then you’ve got to think about people more generally

If anyone needs a hospital, they won’t be empty 

And if you need a care bed there won’t be plenty


We’ve already got a massive lack of NHS workers

We’re short of more than 50,000 doctors and nurses

The NHS was on its last legs as it was

Cos the government has cut and underfunded it on purpose


Because they want to make you think it makes sense to privatise

Because they want to justify their greedy little prying eyes

Kinda like how the Tories plan to give Branson 

A handsome few billion, just to keep him flying high 





Because his climate change business, I mean his aeroplane business, was hit by the virus

And Branson and his friends don’t wanna have to sell their islands

So they asked the Tories for billions in support

Which of course the British government will offer to his highness


Cos that’s what they are, innit… the rich…


The ones we’re taught to worship from the second we start breathing

The ones who we spend our entire lives feeding

The ones who watch us work until we’re ready to collapse

Before they stab us in the back and steal our money while we’re bleeding


Let me ask you a question:

Are you more afraid of the virus, or not being able to pay your rent?

Are you more scared of catching it or getting into debt?

I‘d say that it’s the second one if I had to guess

And that’s exactly why there’s people still people working facing death


I mean none of us exactly want the virus to spread

But we need to pay the bills and we’ve got a lot of debt

It’s like we have to go to work because we have to pay the rent 

And if we lose our home then you know that we’re as good as dead


So you see, normal working people can’t act safely and properly

We can’t self isolate because we can’t afford it

That’s why the government need a proper policy

To make sure all affected people are supported


We need full wage sick pay for anyone infected

Full wage sick pay if symptoms are suspected

Protection for the self employed and those who lost their jobs

With a Universal Income for everyone affected


We need to double disability and sickness benefits

Speed up the process for every state claimant

Stop ESA reassessments and sanctions

Ban all evictions and suspend rent payments


I mean, the banks have stopped mortgage payments for landlords

And nobody should have two homes til everyone has one

So if Boris don’t guarantee our safety, be damn sure

We *will* go on rent strike and general strike until our rights are won


Until then: don’t panic, just start preparing

And let’s keep connected

Stay calm and caring


And don’t be scared to ask for help cos none of it is charity

Every act will come from love and common solidarity


Cos the government aren’t saving us, they do what they feel to

They’re only gonna heal you when their friends can bill you

I know it’s hard to hear but soon you’ll see the real truth

That the virus makes you ill but it's the government that kills you


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