Philitics.com - 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.

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.

April 19, 2013

Margaret Thatcher’s Swan Song


Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has finally left
and her many admirers are feeling bereft.
Others, however, have a different view
and describe the baroness as a hard-hearted shrew.

A state funeral will be provided, although they do not call it that,
but to pay for it to taxpayers they will pass the hat.
Big Ben will be silent as the gun carriage wends its way
and the horses pulling it have been forbidden to neigh.

Rumour had it at the Palace they think for a politician that is over the top
but they could not find a way to such nonsense put a stop.
The Queen has been advised she and her husband the funeral should attend
even though it must be sending poor Philip round the bend.

The guest list for the occasion has this and that surprise
in the names of those chosen to commemorate her demise.
They include such eminences as Jeremy Clarkson, the guy of Top Gear,
who is just waiting for the day he will be dubbed as a peer.

Nelson Mandela, called a terrorist by Thatcher, is on the list,
but because of infirmity has had to resist.
We will never know if Madiba for her affront decided to forgive her,
but perhaps his best revenge is being able to outlive her.

No Pinochet family member, it seems, has been asked to attend
which, if Margaret only knew, it would her surely offend.
Augusto was her knight in shining armour
and, even while tossing bodies into the sea, never tried to harm her.

Still, a women becoming Prime Minister was no mean task,
and in her achievement she could rightfully bask.
She was able to break the old boys’ glass ceiling
and left her male colleagues squealing and reeling.

David Cameron’s performance almost beggars belief
as he tries to take on the role of mourner in chief.
Does David, who was brought up as a toff,
hope some of Margaret’s grocer’s daughter aura on him will rub off?

February 18, 2013

In Rome a Vacancy is announced


When Pope Benedict XVI said he would step down
and cast aside his Papal crown
it was not long before many people wanted to know
if it was his own choice or if he was persuaded to go.

He is following the example of his namesake Benedict Nine
who, after being Pope three times, decided to finally resign.
He did so because he could no longer resist the appeal
of bribes offered by Gregory the Sixth who was impatient to get his hands on the papal
seal.