A Very Idle Piece
I am a very idle piece of government machinery.
I spend your time and money in an ancient art like venery.
Where docketing and sprocketing were spoiling the community,
I now commit incompetence with absolute impunity.
I delegate the waterworks and railways to a privateer,
So that I have some extra time to sit about and skive it here:
Imagine what the cost would be of any more democracy -
An outbreak of ambition and a layer of bureaucracy.
With little left to regulate, I'm rendered unemployable,
And if you call this government, it really is enjoyable.
There should be nothing shameful in confessing utter shamelessness:
For privatising prisoners is blissful in its blamelessness.
You really must excuse me if I sound a bit repetitive,
But if we are competitive, competitive, competitive,
We're bound to save a bob or three, and build a private
A concept quite so clever that it fairly takes the throat away.
This used to be a hellhole full of secondary picketers,
But now we turn out pockets and exceptionable cricketers:
It's all so very simple, just like managing a business.
I think I'll go and lie down and recover from this dizziness.