Ode to a Prime Minister

Brandon Hamber
Jun 15, 2023
“The British Parliament and Big Ben” by ** Maurice ** is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Arrived with pomp and pretence
A foppish comic faker
Pillaging with privilege
A practiced promise-breaker

Too cowardly for honesty
Believers buttered then betrayed
Attacked in the early hours
Wielding a witty charade

Truth evaporating in filibuster
Secrets muted by scrutiny
Dead cats bounced at voters
Disaster sold as opportunity

An upper-class merrymaker
Flinging cake at the sick
Sending the desperate to Rwanda
Dressing up pigs with lipstick

We’ll miss you like a blister
You awesome world-beating liar
Grinning while your pants burn
Saluting the tatters of Empire

Published by Brandon Hamber, 15 June 2023



Brandon Hamber

Hume O'Neill Professor of Peace at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. Medium is my popular writing space. Academic publications at brandonhamber.com