Tuesday, March 01, 2016

DON’T ROCK THE BOAT AT AUNTIE’S! (weekly poem)

DON’T ROCK THE BOAT AT AUNTIE’S!

Former High Court judge, Dame Janet Smith, has called upon
the BBC to change its culture of protecting those at the top.

“Don’t rock the boat at Auntie’s, ‘cause,
It could harm your career”,
Said a mid-management-type creep,
With just a hint of sneer.
“Like other places, we promote
An atmosphere of fear”.

“We must protect those at the top,
Their interests and their jobs,
From whistleblowers and all kinds,
Of other loudmouthed yobs;
Who rather foolishly desire,
To open their big gobs”.

Dame Janet says the BBC,
Must change their cultural ways;
That Auntie must reform herself,
From her erstwhile malaise;
But sadly the well-meaning judge,
Is living in a haze. (1)

In a society like ours,
Divided up by class,
There will be those who overdo,
All aspects of this farce;
Particularly those types who’ve got,
Their heads up their own arse. (2)

(1) In any hierarchical society, those on the higher levels will
inevitably use their minions to protect them from those below.

(2) Epitomised by those middle-management types who in the recession
believed they were immune from unemployment because they identified
with those at the top rather than with the wage-workers they really were.

© Richard Layton

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