Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Thursday, 25 March 2010

A Song for Baroness Uddin

The song parodies that feature here from time to time owe much to the influence of Pa Peachum, a master of the art. I was working on this before events intervened so it's not as topical as it should be, but it seems fitting to publish it anyway.
Regular posting will be resumed in a week or so, but in the meantime...



She keeps hoping and wondering,
Will she be in the cabinet?
'Maybe one day,' she says,
‘Just as soon as they forget
My claims on a property
They say weren’t what they ought to be;
If Gordon sends an invitation I shan’t decline.’

Privilege, the inside set,
Parliamentary etiquette,
Extraordinarily nice;
She's Manzila Uddin,
Baroness of Bethnal Green,
House of Lords expenses queen;
Her arrant greed will blow your mind,
Anytime.
Even peers have a price,
Insatiable in appetite
Worth a try.

To avoid ‘complications’
She said she had her main address
In central Maidstone,
But it looks just like the Baroness
Took the Central Line up
To Spitalfields, to wind up
Every evening in a rental flat our tax subsidised.

But she is naturally unembarrassed
Because she couldn't care less;
Fastidious and precise,
She's Manzila Uddin,
Baroness of Bethnal Green,
House of Lords expenses queen;
Her arrant greed will blow your mind,
Anytime.

Drop of a hat she's a Kentish lass,
Safely in the Maidstone flat,
Proving to your satisfaction,
She's definitely out of Town;
Marvel at the woman’s guile, guile -
She's out to get you!
She's Manzila Uddin,
Baroness of Bethnal Green,
House of Lords expenses queen;
Her arrant greed will blow your mind,
Anytime.
Even peers have a price,
Insatiable in appetite
Worth a try.

2 comments:

  1. Just superb! I took the liberty of Tweeting it this morning... :)

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  2. Lovely!!! BTW,the flat in Maidstone is right next to Wat Tyler Way, there is something a bit incongruous in that.

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