The Conservative Conference in Brighton in 1992, Peter Lily did a parody of The Mikado, itemising those whom the Lord High Executioner of the Welfare State wished to eliminate:
I've got a little list
Of benefit offenders who I'll soon be rooting out
And who never would be missed
They never would be missed
There's those who make up bogus claims
In half a dozen names
And councillors who draw the dole
To run left-wing campaigns . . .
Young ladies who get pregnant just to jump the housing list
And dads who won't support the kids of ladies they've just kissed
And I haven't even mentioned all those sponging socialists
Was this a prediction of yesterdays ConDem budget?
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