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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - Is Parliament a Side Show?

Is Parliament a Side Show?

by

James Bredin



Is parliament a side show if politicians donít attend?
Too busy traveling to answer questions or condescend?
And Mr. Martin needs two planes to carry his stuff,
An Airbus and a Challenger jet are hardly enough.

So family, friends and colleagues can all have a good time,
And why not let them when itís all done on our dime,
And the journalists pipe it all back every night,
So we can watch and listen to their serious sound bites.

But why this need to visit every square inch of the earth?
Some places so unknown that they might be the first,
Looking for unfortunate refugees to bring back here,
Help out the poor people so we can show weíre sincere.

We should have a rule that politicians should stay here,
In parliament trying to justify a political career,
Passing laws and not leaving it to the High Court,
Or depend on them and the gay guys for more support.

And those who donít attend should loose their seats,
Not allowed to run in a by-election - no repeats,
Where scandals and skullduggery are not accepted,
And scoundrels go to jail - no Liberals excepted.


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