Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Socialist Sonnet No. 157



Ballot boxes are emptied, all votes reckoned:

The voters who truly merit mention

Is the largest group, who chose abstention.

They realised more of the same beckoned

No matter which party claimed victory.

The almost landslide was surely absurd,

An overwhelming triumph of a third

Of the vote, which passes for democracy.

Front benches in the Commons rearranged,

While members of losing parties bickered,

Financial markets’ index barely flickered;

All that campaigning, and little has changed,

Apart from the name on the PM’s door.

No wonder so many don’t vote anymore.


D. A.

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