By John Davison
An Incidental Poem
The Shadow Economy
John Davison is a London-born writer of parodies, poems and lyrics, often on topical issues. He admires unusual puns and wordplay and maintains a Twitter account https://twitter.com/sidsaucer
Changing Track was written from southeast London during lockdown when United Kingdom residents were strongly discouraged from making unnecessary journeys or meeting other people.
An Incidental Poem was written from southeast London during lockdown while United Kingdom venues were explicitly discouraged from hosting musical events unless the music was incidental to other activities and any audience members were “socially-distanced” to minimise the chances of viral transmission and outside a building.
The Shadow Economy is about the (supposed) impacts of the pandemic on those unregulated “businesses” denied rate relief, short-term loans, furlough subsidies and positive consultant support during the pandemic on account of their somewhat criminal status. The persons involved may not all be hardened career criminals. Some might feel obliged to work “beneath the radar” in the so-called “shadow economy” due to financial hardship, unfair dismissal, blacklisting due to past activism, or debts owed to people-smugglers who enabled an unconventional journey across a border or two.