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

Saturday, 11 October 2014

One (more) night in Clacton

Dedicated to JuliaM, for inspiring me to resume work on this - an earworm shared is, it turns out, an earworm doubled.


Clacton, Northern Essex setting,
And I think we all know what Westminster's getting;
The delectable sight of Carswell in the
Role of spectre at the Tory dinner.

Time flies, doesn't seem a minute
Since Nigel Farage said he’d help him win it;
All change, don't you know that when you
Piss off the electorate they turn against you?

In Eastleigh, Heywood and Middleton
Or Rochester or, or this place...

One night in Clacton and the world's his oyster;
Carswell got a mandate for the world to see.
He left your ship, now you can watch him hoist a
Purple skull and crossbones there beside the sea;
Cameron, here’s a taste of how it just could be.

One town may yet lead to another;
Are you really sure of those places, Brother?
It's a drag, it's a bore, it's really such a pity
You Tories ignored the world outside the city.
What do you mean
'It's just one unimportant provincial town'?
Get out, walk in any street;
Ask some questions of the people that you meet.
You’ll find they’ll say it’s too late to restore the myth your motives are the purest;
No chance - expenses scuppered that line, Sunshine!

One night in Clacton and the Tories humbled;
Media portray despair and ecstasy.
One night in Clacton, now which seat will tumble
To Nigel Farage and his company?
I can feel that Devil walking next to me!


  1. Thanks Julia - but wait until it's been rattling round in your head incessantly for 48 hours...

    Sorry, Demetrius; as often happens, you've left me floundering in your intellectual wake - please elaborate!

  2. You missed your calling, Macheath. Watch that Julia M though - dangerous lady.

  3. Good of you to say so, JH.

    As for JuliaM, at least you can't say she doesn't warn people; as memorable avatars go, it's a pretty good one.

  4. I just posted her this comments thread and you know what she wrote to me in reply?


  5. JH, I rather think ":∑" would have been more appropriate for those fangs.

  6. If I can find the appropriate karaoke backing track, I'll have a go at recording this for you...


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