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The Moving Target

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The Moving Target

I am the eponymous A. Floating-Voter!
I do know my mind, but I’ll follow the pack … 
My vote’s up for sale now, to the highest bidder.
Yes! What was that offer, sir? You at the back?

One fellow offered me ‘less unemployment’;
Another one’s promised a crackdown on Crack.
A third says my kids should get more education!
Now who’s gonna offer me tuppence off tax?

One bloke is standing who’ll never be sitting!
So if he’s elected, he won’t see it through.
He said I could choose ‘Not to be European’.
I thought I did that back in ’72 … 

‘A’ says I’ll have more disposable income;
‘B’ says he’ll build us more roads and such-like. 
If I vote for ‘B’, I’ll have more roads to drive on; 
If I don’t vote for ’A’, then I can’t run a bike! 

All of them claim to be fighting corruption; 
Opening closets; exposing the sin … 
Though naturally, MPs are above suspicion! 
Now, what was this ‘Members’ Expenses’ thing? 

I’m already beginning to feel some confusion.
Which of the parties is really the best?
They all claim the others are nothing but liars …
But none of them passes the ‘truthfulness’ test … 

I really do not have a clue who to vote for!
I’m starting to wonder if I should abstain … 
But ‘Say what you want!’ was my Mum’s favourite motto, 
‘And if you don’t get it, then you can complain!’ 

So, come voting day, I’ll be down at that station.
I’m going to vote, and I’m keeping close tabs …
So go for it, candidates! Try to attract me! 
‘Cause, ‘tween now and then, chaps,
My vote’s up for grabs!

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This is how we tackle elections in Great Britain - not so slick, but lots of fun!

Entered in Dana'lynn Smith's "Politically Educated" contest by Frances King




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  1. Date: 3/2/2012 8:28:00 PM
    FRANCES... CONGRATULATIONS ..ON YOUR WONDERFUL WIN~ Have yourself a very nice night ;-)*always..pd

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 7:41:00 PM
    Nicely done :-)

  1. Date: 3/1/2012 8:47:00 AM
    congrats Frances o a woderful write and win for this contest luv..

  1. Date: 3/1/2012 5:18:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Dana'lynn's contest Frances. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/1/2012 1:37:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win xx

  1. Date: 2/29/2012 9:14:00 PM
    A great entry Frances and congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/29/2012 5:25:00 PM
    Yes this being in a country where we SHOULD vote isn't always as easy as one would think! I find people of affluence rarely have the needs of others high on their list of to do's. Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/29/2012 5:09:00 PM
    Very funny :P

  1. Date: 8/7/2009 4:45:00 PM
    Good good funny!

  1. Date: 8/2/2009 4:34:00 PM
    Frances, This was a better analysis of UK politics than any I have read in the Guardian or Mirror. Now if you cold only supply a Page 3 Girl. Excellent write dear lady. Love, Will

  1. Date: 8/2/2009 7:24:00 AM
    i love this poem--its the same in my little Island too--Great write ,it made me smile too.....yet very clever and true--charma

  1. Date: 8/2/2009 6:04:00 AM
    Excellent poem Francis, i think many votes are up for grabs>>James