Going under, going inside more like!

I was taken by a recent news item highlighting the number of sole traders who are being imprisoned for failing to pay their business rates.
These are people who by and large work with narrow profit margins and whose rates are assessed nationally with little sensitivity to local operating conditions.
I am not sure how giving such a trader a criminal record and losing his/her business is designed to either raise revenue or restore the high street. Concern for the “just about managing” can seem a little hollow in reality.
Had these business men/women set themselves up as limited companies they could avoid the ignominy of jail by going into liquidation and there seems to be something inherently wrong about that, in terms of your business status determining your fate rather than the nature of the crime you have committed. I have used a poetic form called the Villanelle to highlight the small traders case. I think it is a poetic form worthy of revival.

Crimanelle.

My rates so high I cannot pay
To jail I go with business sunk
My liberty I’ve lost today

No chance to let my debts defray
Each passing week now sees me dunk
My rates so high I cannot pay

The bitterness I’m forced to say
Has placed me in a deep dark funk
My liberty I’ve lost today

A little time to pay…no way
I beg before the jail doors clunk
My rates so high I cannot pay

My status as sole trader may
Have sealed my fate, it feels like bunk
My liberty I’ve lost today

And as my hopes begin to fray
I sit in cell like chastened monk
My rates so high I cannot pay
My liberty I’ve lost today

Peter Wild

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