- Verses by Phil Linehan

I have written, and write, verses on different subjects,including politics. Some are satiric and some, I hope, amusing. Feel free to comment.

September 24, 2014

Tony Keeps on Talking

Can’t someone tell Tony Blair that mum’s the word
as his pontificating becomes mind-bogglingly absurd?
With buddy George W.  he claimed he saw things that were not there
when with his war-mongering he tried us all to scare.

August 13, 2014

Only a Half Full Cup

This morning fans everywhere looked at the tele to see a good game
and applaud the talent of some famous  name.
When they heard no more football battles were to be fought.
why were so many of them left feeling distraught?

The competition’s biggest shock was champion Spain’s early goodbye
the reason for which no-one was able to explain why.
The fans will no longer experience another thrill
like Germany’s humiliation of Brazil.

Poor Dilma’s expression was excruciating to see
while Angela looked on with delighted glee.
When the German team the final won
Cristina was glad she decided the game to shun.

Now they cannot accuse the referee of being blind
with decisions that made them think he was out of his mind.
They can no longer cheer their favourite stars,
or get another two-for-one in local bars.

If FIFA’s people want to attract much-needed friends
they must start the next World Cup the day after the last one ends.

October 15, 2013

John Boehner -- A Dangerous Orange Shake

The farce taking place in Washington, D.C.
is a splendid example of the democracy
of which the United States is so proud
and constantly brags about clear and loud.

September 26, 2013

Ted Cruz’s Silly-bluster

A Texas Republican senator named Ted Cruz
on Obamacare swore he would put the screws.
He stood up and members of the Senate addressed
hoping with his ramblings they would be impressed.

That he is opposed to improving health care he left not a doubt
when he said the Affordable Care Act should be thrown out.
Told many could not afford medical insurance he said “So what!
They’ll have to put up with what they haven’t got”.

September 2, 2013

Pride Comes Before a Fall

Is it not time to call the white-coated men
to Downing Street number 10?
Cabinet members are alarmed when they perceive
The P.M. of his senses has taken leave.

Rumour has it chums like Rupert and Rebekah think
David is precariously tottering on the brink
when he announces no-one of a knighthood is more deserving
than a nice young man who is good at tennis balls serving.

July 8, 2013

The Washington Follies

That countries spy on their enemies is no surprise
but snooping on friends can be unwise.
When the culprit is their trusted Washington ally
the victims ask if whoever gave the order is imbibing too much rye.

Now off their undercover actions the lid has been blown
by Edward Snowden, formerly one of their own.
While some in the U.S. say what he did was hateful,
because he told the truth others are grateful.

May 2, 2013

Be Careful or the Mobiles Will Catch You

When in Mexico City Andrea Benítez was unable
to be seated without reservation at a restaurant table
instead of conducting herself in a manner sensible
onlookers described her behaviour as reprehensible.

She flew into a frenzied rage
and swore against the owner a war she would wage.
An empty threat, perhaps, by someone unstable
and out of control because she could not get a table?

But Andrea is not just an ordinary chick
a fact she made known very quick.
As the daughter of Mexico’s head of customer protection
she decided she could order a restaurant inspection.

The deed was done when someone in dad’s office recommended
the restaurant’s services be suspended.
When a health inspector was sent to find that everything was not honky dory
Andrea thought that would be the end of the story.

To do what she did it is essential
to be what is known as an “influential”.
They are the ones with very good connections
and their, or their families’, underlings always follow their directions.

Alas, in the restaurant the mobile phones taking pictures were all in motion
and when posted on the social media they caused such commotion
that dad Humberto for her had to express his pain
and promise it would never happen again.

Not even in a humble greasy spoon will Miss Benítez now find it easy to get a table
even when there are plenty available.
Meanwhile, the Máximo Bistrot’s owner, instead of seeing it closed day and night,
at all the free publicity must be feeling unreserved delight.