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

February 25, 2010

Masters No More? or, What Would Karl Make of It?

This was written when the meltdown began and I think it is still relevant.

Of the Universe each one was a Master
and scorned the few who hinted at approaching disaster.
The market they considered their very own toy
dismissive of what happened to Sherman McCoy.

So we watched as Wall Street went right on sinking
and wondered just what George W. was thinking.
It was he who led the call for multi-millionaires to pay less tax
and for regulators to get off their backs.

February 15, 2010

Of Mice and Men – and the BBC

Written on 1st February 2010

Once upon a time to say “I heard it on the BBC” left no room for argument. Alas, no more.

Soon after the Haiti earthquake struck a picture of an aircraft in Port-au-Prince appeared on BBC News. Although the very large letters read: FUERZA AEREA MEXICANA we were told it was from the United States. It is a lot to ask of BBC news readers, or prompt writers, to know that FUERZA AEREA means Air Force, but the word MEXICANA could have been a clue.

A few days later we were told the Pope was to visit a synagogue in Rome, an event welcomed by most Jews although some objected because of his plan to canonize Pope Pius VIII (1829-1830), quickly corrected to Pope Pius VII (1800-1823), because he had not done enough for the Jews during World War II (1939-1945). They should have said Pope Pius XII.