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Politics and poetry: just say no?

Oops I did it again.

I recently discovered that something I said in the New York Times had inspired poet Gershon Hepner to put pen to paper. Well, having been interviewed by the Times UK correspondent Sarah Lyall on David Cameron’s approach to the reform of the Euro it appears I have again inspired some political poetry from Dr. Hepner.

By the way, is this the first time anyone has written a poem about Britain’s position within the EU?

SAYING YES OR NO

Britain can say yes or no,

but Germany and even  France,

can do just what they like, and so

the Brits no longer have a chance

to make a great impression on

the continent from which they are

divided. Whether pro or con,

there is no point to join or spar

against what French and German

politicians may decide,

for it is they now who determine

what will happen, and deride

the Brits whose influence is now

restricted to themselves, backbenched

like those backbenchers in the House,

whose views, however deep entrenched,

don’t count much more than Mickey Mouse.

They’ve lost a good chance, Sarkozy

declares, to shut up, but to interfere

is still for them extremely cosy,

pound foolish, maybe, but a lot less dear.

Steven Fielding 

Published inArt, Fiction & Politics

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