Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MOONLIGHT BEHIND YOU?—PART TWO! (weekly poem)

MOONLIGHT BEHIND YOU?—PART TWO!

April 2015. Wikipedia says it suspects that “someone
close to Grant Shapps” has been “doctoring” entries
of his Party rivals in a negative way on their site

The Tory Chairman, Grant V. Shapps,
Is in a beastly plight;
As Wiki folk allege he may,
(In his own enterprising way!)
Have tried to keep his peers at bay,
By ‘doctoring’ their site. (1)

Unlike the former ‘Green Affair’, (2)
This firmly was denied;
Not ‘over-firmly’ as before,
When pressured strongly to withdraw,
By Britain’s vigilant Press Corps,
Alleging that he’d lied!  

His alter-ego, Michael Green,
Had claimed erroneously;
When he’d said to the Media Mob,
(With more than just a heartfelt sob!)
That “He’d not held a second job,
When he was an M.P.”!

This was retracted double-slow,
When some expressed a doubt;
And then, somewhat reluctantly,
He struck out his ‘Not Guilty’ plea,
To almost everybody’s glee,
On having been found out!

This time his Doppelganger states,
That Mr Shapps “May sue--
Because the latest tale’s a lie,
A Labour-sponsored porky-pie, (3)
Direct from Brewer’s Green on high, (4)
And utterly untrue”.

And though some say that Michael Green,
In past times may have erred;
This time we must take Mr Shapps,
As one of the top Tory chaps,
(Although inclined to the odd lapse)
Completely at his word!

(1) A practice known as ‘Sock-puppetry’. A sock-puppet is an
online identity used for purposes of deception.(Source Wikipedia)

(2) Shapps repeatedly denied running a business under
the name of Michael Green whilst an M.P. and finally
admitted he’d “screwed up” by “over-firmly” denying it.

(3) Cockney rhyming slang for ‘a lie’ or as politicians would say,
a ‘terminological inexactitude’ or being, ‘economical with the actualité’.

(4) The Labour Party’s London Head Office.

© Richard Layton

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