Politician’s bid to woo electors with a limerick

PUBLISHED: 15:20 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 25 August 2010

FIGHTING an election campaign is often such an artless task full of character assassinations and cheesy poor slogans.

FIGHTING an election campaign is often such an artless task full of character assassinations and cheesy poor slogans.

So the Times diary was delighted when it received a poem about East Wickham by election from a hopeful candidate.

The English Democrat's Bexley chair, Laurence Williams, penned the following limerick to bring voters into a US-style election fever:

There was an old copper called Barnbrook,

Who in East Wickham's election he partook,

also a Ball, who said "might as well", and a

Tory named Hall who really couldn't spell,

And, Goodlad, a girl, they all mistook!

Make what you will of this rare window into the mind of the politician, readers.

Whereas one might have expected something quite Machiavellian to come from a serial local election candidate, in fact Mr William's tone is rather inoffensive.

The diary understands that Steven Hall, the Conservative candidate is being mocked for a leaflet published for him where his name was spelt 'Stephen'.

However we have no idea how Grace Goodlad - a girl - was 'mistook'. What is Mr Williams implying? And why doesn't it have a following rhyming couplet?

"Hope they like it," added Mr Williams, but little did he know whilst writing his poem, that fellow English nationalists were seeking his ilk at that very moment.

Ed Abrams, another party member from Chester, set up a Facebook Group at the same time calling for a new English national anthem.

On a charm offensive to win us all over, he said: "Personally, I think we should sing Jerusalem - I know the first verse...

"Please join this group, it is high time ENGLAND had her own NATIONAL ANTHEM and we should not be forced to listen to that BRITISH CR*P."

Thanks for that, Ed. Glad you could at least remember the bit about feet in ancient lands.

But probably best we stick with Mr Williams' political poetry, unless another candidate wants to flex their lexical resourcefulness in the Times diary...

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