27th February, 2016 (as they tally the votes)

by Brendan Strong

Bods on the beat write about democracy,
The dogs on the street know about democracy,
The bogs and the fields grow democracy,
From grassroots and green shoots of the economy.

The People speak. That needs interpretation.
They vote with their feet. Make a statement at the polling station.
Where we teach during the week but learn lessons at the end of the term.

And then the change happens
In what they say,
Flattering prattling
Seducing the credulous,
None so easy to seduce
As those who want to
Be told a blameless untruth

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