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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - Fair Political Representation

Fair Political Representation


James Bredin

Proportional representation is not allowed,
Not for our subservient Canadian crowd,
Our first-past-the-post system will have to stay,
And if you don’t like it, you can just move away.

Nor will referendums on certain issues be approved,
Those who make the decisions will not be moved,
As we pretend we’re in representative democracy,
And bow our heads to political aristocracy.

Because the system has to stay and cannot be changed,
Peculiar adscam accountability arranged,
But fair representation is what the people want,
Not bureaucratic nudging of the nerdy nonchalant.

Politicians moved issues to their appointed High Court,
To circumvent debate and get the decisions they support,
But cannot see that the system itself needs to be changed,
Proportional representation and referendums arranged.

The interests of minorities and women out front,
I can almost hear the loud political groans and grunt,
But democracy itself should never be easy,
Because what we have now is both easy and sleazy.

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