The Age of Truss, Your Commemorative Issue, Page 2 (Penelope Shuttle)

Tory Conference Blues (Liz Truss Blues, Part Two)

There once was a PM called Liz
she really was quite odious
And if she took part in a quiz
she’d certainly be less than a whiz.
O Lizzie she don’t like no one
and no one no one likes she
A sad tale but an old ‘un
of rulers who have no empathie.

I got the blues the blues
I got those Tory conference blues
Lord take me from this land of lies
take me sweet Lord before I blow a fuse.

Now Lizzie had a heckler
she had two or three
she thought her words were nectar
she stood there, a silent spectre.
Keynote? keynote?
by whom has this been wrote?
Keynote keynote?
you ain’t gonna get my vote.

I got the blues the blues
I got those Tory conference blues
Lord take me from this land of lies
take me sweet Lord before I blow a fuse.

ENVOI
There once was a party named Tory.
Oh, that was such a grim story.
They cheated and lied, mega-mean and unwary,
Now no-one ever votes Tory.

Penelope Shuttle lives in Cornwall. Her thirteenth collection, Lyonesse, appeared from Bloodaxe in June 2021, and was Observer Poetry Book of the Month for July 21. Covid/Corvid, a pamphlet written in collaboration with Alyson Hallett, appeared from Broken Sleep Books, September 2021. Father Lear, a pamphlet, was published by Poetry Salzburg in June 2020. Shuttle is President of the Falmouth Poetry Group, founded in 1972 by her late husband, Peter Redgrove. She is a Hawthornden Fellow, and received a Cholmondeley Award in 2017.

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