The Foreign Office

Truth turns over
a fresh new leaf
in Mr. Cook's
form book.

Underneath, the same snails
chobble away, gobs
brimming with spit
and artificial polish.

The tipster's pipped
in the FO orchard -
where the roosters noodle
Cook A Doodle Doo Doo.

[May 1998]

From the book Labour Pangs

Robin Cook – also a racing tipster – promised ‘ethical foreign policy’