Rock the Boat

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Rock the Boat

Informal; to change the way things are done, especially in a sudden or abrupt way. For example, a new manager may rock the boat by dramatically changing a company's production process. Rocking the boat is sometimes successful, though it is often difficult.
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The NHS costs us billions now, They've brought in special plans A little bit of subterfuge To put it all in private hands Now people might be angry Atthechangestheyhavemade To ensure that no-one rocks the boat They've cut access to Legal Aid If youhav`1e an extra bedroom You can expect a financial loss With no help to resolve your plight Because they couldn't give a toss Rich folk will pay richer folk To tell the middle classes the score Then everyone will understand We must blame it all on the poor We're all in this together now Give the Condemns three big cheers They've wiped all we ever had And it only took three years Ian Kenyon, the Huyton poet
There wasn't room at the end of my article in Natural Life's May/June issue The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Rocks the Boat to include all the resources I wanted to list.
It would be a great pity if industrial strife rocks the boat.