Poetry – Cynical Leadership

Cynical Leadership

Inciting, infiltrating and spinning


To prey upon the gullible.

Threatening, posturing and jeering


To enrage the peaceable.

Cajoling, lying and frightening


To scare the fallible.

Any tactic will do

To gain their power.

Illegal, immoral or insane

Turning the future sour.

Opher – 31.8.2020

I was thinking of Trump, Johnson, Cummings and Bolsonaro when I wrote this. I was thinking about the way they manipulate people with simplistic slogans; the way they drum up fear; the way they incite division and tribalism.

We’ve had the obnoxious reign of Trump and we’ve got the disaster of Brexit that will hit us in January 2021. All conjured up with blatant lies and duplicitous statements.

Spin, fake news, conspiracy and outright untruths.

That’s politics.

It stinks.

Populists looking for scapegoats – Pepa the pig looking for a trough. Brrrrm Brrrrm.

When things are bad, you’re slumping in the polls, you’ve just made a terribly embarrassing speech, blunders over care, tax rises and things couldn’t get worse – a populist looks for some foreigner to blame. What better distraction? Blame the French!! Pick a fight! Copy Trump and TWEET!!