There are royal commissions established,
Commons committees of earnest MPs,
In “the other place” by ponderous degrees
They discuss how to achieve what is wished.
Concerned documentaries on TV,
Radio phone-ins squabble and blare,
The press agree, society’s not fair:
But all are committed to equality.
The days of deference are long since passed:
‘Black lives matter!’ All lives matter! And yet,
For all the rhetoric, all the cant,
By prestige and pomp a person’s still classed.
When a prince passes he’s specially blessed;
Some lives, and deaths, matter more than the rest