LIFE-LIKE

One Euro's Life will give you all the facts:
How Fettes schooled him, how he made the play,
What were the rock-hopes of his youth, what acts
Made him the greatest poseur of his day:

Of how he schemed, prayed, charmed and worked flat out,
Though dodgy, coined New Labour; waged fresh war:
And, while some hacks have placed his words in doubt,
Thought his desires the people's wishes bore.

Yet with his US medal on, he sighed
For those who, say amazed observers, stayed
At home with still, stale lives one polling day

And nothing did, nor old truths lost as they
Preferred the company of friends, and played
D:Ream's refrain again - and knew he'd lied.

                    (Apologies to W. H. Auden)

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