They wanted the whole world to be
A fairer place for big and small;
In line with this, embraced Modernity
And even when the novelty began to pall –
To give them credit – never ceased to call
For equal outcomes, and to bat
Away the critics of ‘one size fits all’;
It wasn’t meant to be like that.

They brought their fad to bear on childhood and maternity,
To dressing up and playing ball,
To education and paternity;
Examinations had them stumped; though it might be apocryphal
They wanted to restrict the ones who grew too tall;
They swallowed down the camel with the gnat
And sweetly forced the rest of us to swallow gall;
It wasn’t meant to be like that.

They raised the status of the lowly, made the lofty bend the knee,
But elevated criminal and lazy, made the conscientious fall;
Redistributed workers’ taxes while the lawyers took their fee;
Enemies of class, they yearn (albeit fiscally) to maul
The better off, since they can’t line them up against the wall;
They denigrate high art and talk up tasteless tat
In Estuary English to disguise a well-bred drawl;
It wasn’t meant to be like that.

Prince, you are equal to most things, and even in your great big Hall,
Though even you should smell a rat,
Unlike the masses you don’t need to face the squall:
It wasn’t meant to end like that.

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