DON’T TRY TO BUCK THE MARKET!
Don’t try to buck the market ‘cos,
It’s sure to bite you back,
The system won’t allow you, and
Won’t cut you any slack;
And if you push too hard, old chap,
You’ll fall right off the track.
All history’s littered with such men,
‘Great leaders’ of their time,
Who kidded themselves that they could,
Make circumstances rhyme; (1)
But quickly found to their great cost,
They were stuck in the slime.
Remember Harold Wilson and,
The Gnomes of Zurich town?
Who worked against our interests,
And tried to do us down;
(He should have blamed the tired and
emotional George Brown!) (2)
Such men who fail to realise,
The limits of their rule,
Then turn on others who they blame,
For all the ridicule;
That’s heaped upon them every time,
For being such a fool.
(1) Napoleon Bonaparte “If I had not come probably someone else would have done like me . . . I repeat, a man is only a man. His power 'is nothing if circumstances and public sentiment do not favour him’”.
(2) Wilson was ‘paranoid’; his deputy, George Brown, drunk and argumentative. He had grand plans for the economy but had to devalue the Pound. Recession and the ‘Winter of Discontent’ followed.
© Richard Layton