Henry Normal, co-writer of award-winning TV and film shows such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, Paul Calf, and producer of Gavin and Stacey and Alan Partridge, among many others, has written a poem for Northern Soul in response to the recent election result.


They’ve tried flushing

they’ve tried bleach

but it won’t shift


They’ve tried scrubbing

with the little plastic brush

that matches the bath


They’ve even been reduced to

scouring on hands and knees

cursing their misfortune


It is never mentioned in conversation

It is ever between them

It is a guilt they share


They would move house

but for the prying of surveyors

They are looking for someone to blame


They are waiting for the other to depart


They leave the lid down

and feign problems with the plumbing

should people visit


Henry Normal will be at The Lowry in Salford on January 25, 2020. For more information, click here