MEN AND BEES.
Title:The Cream of Punch – 'Men and Bees'
This very class conscious Punch poem uses the metaphor of bees saving honey for winter to address the problem of increasing poverty in England’s northern industrial heartland as the effects of the cotton blockade begin to take effect. It appears to be responding to criticism of workers that they had not saved money for hard times, and points out that they do not earn enough to save, and so are especially vulnerable in times of low employment. – SR