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An Ode To Tony Blair (Satirical Poem About Prime Minister Gordon Brown)


Background Facts:
  • In March 2008, Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the subject of a satirical poem (An Ode To Tony Blair).
  • Allegedly penned by a disloyal senior minister.
  • The poem appears to be based on a verse by the American poet Hughes Mearns.
  • Austin Mitchell (Labour MP for Great Grimsby) commented, "It's very funny but I have no idea where it comes from," and, "It's the work of a child genius, which rules out most of the cabinet."[1]
  • Well Gordon Brown has clearly remained at No 10 Downing Street since this Ode.
  • Prime Minister Brown has also given clear international leadership regarding both the recent World Financial Crisis and also the Climate Change meeting in Copenhagen (December 2009).

An Ode To Tony Blair:
"At Downing Street upon the stair
I met a man who wasn’t Blair.
He wasn’t Blair again today;
Oh how I wish he’d go away."
Extended Version of The Ode (By Eric, Comments Section of Telegraph):[2]
"At Downing Street Upon the stair I met man who wasn't Blair He wasn't Blair again today Oh how I wish he'd go away. He turned, his smile abruptly froze "Are you the one who is doing prose?" "Are you the one who mentions Blair" "Who says you wish I was not not here" "These are treacherous things to say" Oh how I wish he'd go away. So on the Stair he dressed me down He screamed and ranted like a clown. "Words are a pathetic art" "All Poets will have identity cards" "I will tax you double from today" Oh how I wish he'd go away He cracked and did his Guppyfish that little jaw-drop makes me sick with nervous bitten fingernails he pointed "I am here to stay" Oh how I wish he'd go away. At Downing Street Upon the Stair I met a man who does not care He didn't care again today Oh how WE wish he'd go away he is an electoral liability anyday."

Reference:

[1] - At Downing Street upon the stair, ... Guardian Newspaper (21 March 2008)
[2] - Is Gordon Brown an electoral liability? Telegraph Newspaper (28 April 2008)


Image Credit by World Economic Forum (flickr) (cc)

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Downing Street - Gordon Brown - Hughes Mearns - Ode - Poem - Politics - Satire - Satirical Poem - Stairs - Tony Blair - UK - UK Politics


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Historic London City Gates (Total 7)


City Gates of London Facts:
  • London's first defensive wall was built by the Romans ~ 200 AD.
  • This was ~ 150 years after Londinium was first founded.
  • There were 7 main entrances through this defensive wall.
  • 7 city gates in total.
  • 5 of the gates were built by the Romans.
  • All regularly rebuilt & renovated over the centuries.
  • Following the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 all of the City gates were unhinged & their portcullises were wedged open, ending their effectiveness for defence.
  • They were retained as a visble sign of the prestige of the city of London.
  • Eventually they were demolished in the 1760s because of traffic congestion.
London City Gate Structure & Function:
  • Weren't gates in the modern sense of the word.
  • They were multi-story buildings that had one or two archways through the middle for traffic.
  • The archways were protected by gates & portcullises.
  • They were also often used as prisons.
  • Other functions included the display of dead bodies, or parts of dead bodies, to passers-by.
  • Beheaded traitors, were known at one time to often have their head stuck on a spike on London Bridge, their body was quartered & spread among the London city gates.
London City Gates Listed:

Image from Dick Schmitt (cc)


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