Abstainers’ Reprieve*

There are thirty-eight shades of Prussian Blue¹ But only one of Tory: The former a personal fascination, The latter a national story… England’s green and pleasant land Now resting precariously in Teresa’s hands While questions are asked across hallowed halls About how on earth this has happened at all… The British Public making it clear […]

General Election Predilection*

What makes a politician worth their salt? Capacity for rhetoric implicit with insult? A heart of gold worn plainly on a sleeve? A well-rehearsed mantra stating all they believe? A gifted orator spinning evidence for causes From the fountains of headlines imbued with applauses? A knowledge of history, present and past, Ensuring lessons learned are […]

Hokey-Cokey*

It seems the government’s calling our bluff With all this In-Out Brexit stuff Causing fissures across the nation By the very nature of vacillation- Everyone in the media now vocal to the point of embarrassment Prompting general awareness of boundaries to political harassment… Freedom of speech like a whale on the beach: Too much, too […]

Elision*

Hilary¹ and Teresa² up rather different trees With no inclination whatsoever to please, Leadership clearly a one-woman act Whether supported or whether attacked. A subtle reminder of the Thatcher years,³ Enshrined in history for plundering fears; Portrayed in the media as megalomania Because, it seemed, no man could tame her… ‘Tis a curious phenomenon from where […]

Across the Pond

America, America, Do you see what your allies see? A two horse race? A National Disgrace?. An absurdist fantasy? Mrs C. versus Donald Trump… You bet your boots he’d slap her rump For want of his lack of appropriate words, The whole affair so very absurd. The rest of the world on the edge of […]

Underemployment*

Boredom. So dull it hasn’t a rhyme, This simple concept of empty time…. Supposedly having no place at work, And frankly, a state beginning to irk. The challenge, then, is how to create An image of engagement for peers to appreciate. And more than that, To bluff the management, So overworked that, in their own […]

PMQs

Gender equality’s Still far from where it ought to be, That glistening glass ceiling So transparent most can’t see… The shifting of parameters Diminishing the calibre, Raising the bar And then hiding the key. The headlines go crazy For any frontline lady With balls enough To scale the parapet But once she’s ascended Her glory’s […]