Friday, 14 December 2007


Gordon Brown has been likened in some quarters to T. S. Elliott's famous cat Macavity.

This extract seems rather apt:

And when the Foreign Office find a Treaty’s gone astray,

Or the Admiralty lose some plans and drawings by the way,

There may be a scrap of paper in the hall or on the stair -

But it’s useless to investigate - Macavity’s not there!

And when the loss has been disclosed, the Secret Service say:

“It must have been Macavity!” - but he’s a mile away.

You’ll be sure to find him resting, or a-licking of his thumbs,

Or engaged in doing complicated long-division sums.

Incidentallt TS Elliott was, rather improbably, a great friend of Groucho Marx

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