Friday 31 May 2013

Liberals in verse

Satirist Craig Brown has produced 22 clerihews for the New Statesman. One of them will interest Liberals:
John Maynard Keynes
Helped workers lose their chains
And, by way of relaxation,
Wrote The Inflation of Currency As a Method of Taxation.
The clerihew verse form was invented by the writer Edmund Clerihew Bentley when he was still a schoolboy. His best known is this:
Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.”
We need more of this sort of thing in the party. To start the ball rolling:
Nick Clegg
Is quite often partial to a scotch egg
As is Vince Cable
When he is able.
Or this:
Lembit Öpik
Likes to be seen out with a young chick
But the thing preferred by Mark Oaten
Is verboten.
Or this:
Alex Carlile
Considers civil liberties are no longer worthwhile
Hence his method for fighting terror
Is an error.
Or this:
Jo Grimond
Was very slim and
Extremely tall
Which is very useful when your parliamentary party is extremely small.
Next week: Liberal haiku.

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