Category Truth Telling

A Toad Delivers the Tory Manifesto

The Parrot is tiring overhead. He lacks the staying power of the swift and a Bird of Paradise needs a foothold on the Earth. But now he’s heard the UK Prime Minister announce the Tory manifesto for the UK’s immediate future, having first “got Brexit done.”… Continue reading A Toad Delivers the Tory Manifesto

At Last the Toad Reveals Himself

The other night, in Sheffield, there was a BBC Question-Time session, in which the audience was able to question four UK political leaders in turn, only one of whom is a worthy leader, the one not eligible to be the Prime Minister. Nicola Sturgeon’s presence there was puzzling but useful… Continue reading At Last the Toad Reveals Himself

The Parrot from on High Speaks of Democracy

As our General Election continues, and in the light of much of its content, we might ask this question : what is the difference between an election and an auction ?

Answer 1 : at an auction, cheats need to be more careful than at an election, as we punters get… Continue reading The Parrot from on High Speaks of Democracy

The Parrot Views the Earth from Afar

The UK General Election presently in progress begs the question whether there is any difference in quality of democratic process between a Referendum and an Election.

Both seem to involve a lot of lying at high volume, a lot of propaganda ditto, and various other forms of manipulation and trickery –… Continue reading The Parrot Views the Earth from Afar

The Parrot Lectures to Himself

This was written on Sunday 20th. Saturday’s huge demonstration in London was still being digested. But would it have any impact ? The right wing propaganda rags had gone beserk in their Sunday issues, more concerned with Parliament’s defiance of the Toad than anything the march might imply.

Courage had… Continue reading The Parrot Lectures to Himself

The Parrot’s Third Lecture

The stanza was written on Saturday 19th October, yet another of those “crunch days.” Another enormous march took place in London, in support of a “Final say ” referendum. On the same day, Prime Minister Johnson had been expected to present his Brexit “agreement” to parliament, giving it virtually no… Continue reading The Parrot's Third Lecture

Eye to Eye with a Right Hon Toad

This latest stanza was written after news came though yesterday evening that Damian Green MP had spoken with Mr Toad MP, Prime Minister, “eye to eye” and been reassured by the Toad’s word on it. But Mr Toad does not have a word. Does

An Exhibition of Bilingual Poems

I’m uploading here a set of photographs of an exhibition I organised a few months ago, in Clifton Cathedral, Bristol. The picture above is just one example. Several pictures show, as this does, how the exhibition looked in its setting. Several more show single poems close up, the words… Continue reading An Exhibition of Bilingual Poems

The Parrot Still in London

This is one of a rapid succession of these rhyming commentaries, written during a sequence of events even more furious, momentous and disturbing than usual. I composed it quite early on Thursday 26th September. The previous night., in the House of Commons, only just back from America, following the Supreme… Continue reading The Parrot Still in London

Mr Toad Falls Foul of the Law (Again)

On September 24th, the UK Supreme Court ruled against our Prime Minister’s prorogation of Parliament, finding unanimously that the prorogation was unlawful and that Johnson had misled the Queens on his reasons for implementing it. Effectively, Johnson was being named a plain liar by the highest court in the country… Continue reading Mr Toad Falls Foul of the Law (Again)

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