Thursday, August 11, 2011

'The Gods of the Copybook Headings'

Poems - 'The Gods of the Copybook Headings'

Sometimes Poetry does express things perfectly. Kipling was right.
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
I was reminded of this while reading the WSJ piece on how the UK fell to this low. Douglas Murray: Britain's Welfare Road to Riots - Communism doesn't work. At best it breeds thugs who can't be bothered to hold a job, and expect the rest of us to supply them with anything they want. (Which also reminds me of Alex, from A Clockwork Orange- a classic.)

If you aren't familiar with 'The Gods of the Copybook Headings' I recommend you click through and read the whole thing. It is worth a few minutes of your time.

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