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Someone on Twitter (Chris Addison, I think) said that this poem by Carol Ann Duffy, our poet laureate, was like Vogon poetry and I thought: "Nah, I quite like her stuff. Can't be that bad."

But, oh dear sweet Lord, it is. It's Nancy Millstone-Jennings. It's the 'vocal stylings' of Milli Vanilli. It's Derby County the year they barely won in the premier league. It's George W Bush as president. Oh, Carol Ann, no. It's unintentionally funny, and while I agree with 90% of the sentiments expressed, I am not sure that putting them all together in that format was the way to go.

And now, in the gloating section of our day: including today, I only have four more working days in 2009, thanks to working my bits off for the latter half of November and December.

Political yay! I pray that we're heading for a hung parliament, with the Liberal Democrats holding the balance of power. I suspect the Tories will squeak in, but a hung parliament would be interesting so long as they could hammer out a consensus on the deficit and cuts.

And finally, the former director of public prosecutions rips Tony Blair a new one. For all that it's a dry Whitehall inquiry, the Chilcot evidence has been sort of horrifying in its own quiet way.


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Dec. 15th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
God that was awful poetry. I'd be ashamed to write that.

I'm also holding out for a hung parliament, followed by PR.
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Me too, if only for the novelty of an electoral system that isn't the equivalent of handing the keys to the car to a coked up teenager.
Dec. 15th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Holy shit that read like a bad Private Eye parody of Pinter in "Fuck you Bush you cunt" mode.
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
It was... not good. You sort of wonder what her friends say to her on seeing it. "Er... Carol...?"
Dec. 15th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
The Chilcot evidence has been the most riveting thing on TV quite often since it started!
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
Yes, in a depressing sort of way. It's like finding out that all your worse fears about it were true; like taking your lowest expectation then multiplying it by "very stupid".
Dec. 15th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
That poem...whut??



I have no words.
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
Luckily Carol Ann has ALL the words. And has used them.
Dec. 15th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about that poem. It truly is a piece of shit.
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Oh, icon! That is marvellous.
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
I know, it's wicked like wikidpedia. Art's by polvoice off DeviantArt, iconed by accidental_icon.
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Ah, poetry. Worthy of Jason Strugnell himself.
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
A thing of beauty is a joy forever etc etc. This poem was enjoyed by many people today, though perhaps not in the way intended.
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