Monthly Archives: February 2012

Poking fun at focus groups

I tried my hand at parody for our anthology Can you believe it…
What better target  for satiric verse than politicians using focus groups to develop policy.
You can buy Can you believe it… HERE
If you like this parody feel free to pass it on.
Cheers
Bernie

How they Brought the Good News from Focus Groups
Bernard Browning Dowling
(Gallup is one of Australia’s busiest political pollsters.)
I sprang to the mobile, and Tony, and she;
I Galluped, Jools Galluped, we Gallluped all three;
‘Good speed!’ cried the Whip, as the poll date near grew;
‘Speed!’ echoed the Press to us Galluping through;
Behind sits the Speaker, his tights sank to rest,
And into the midnight we Galluped abreast.

Not a word to each other; we ran the poll race
Neck by neck, stride by stride, ever changing our place;
I turned in my muddle and made its grabs tight,
Then shortened each sentence, and set the pitch right,
Rekindled the cheap shot, stained blacker the wit,
Nor Galluped less readily Tony a bit.

By half-way, Jools groaned; and cried Tony, ‘Quick slur!
‘Your Labs Galluped bravely, the fault’s but in her.’
She’ll remember the day for one heard the quick wheeze
Of her chest, saw the stretched neck and staggering freeze,
And comeback, and straight’ning steel of her face,
As up from her haunches she re-joined the race.
‘How they’ll greet us!’—and all in a moment my phone
Rolled neck and crook over, lay dead as a stone;
And there was my mobile to bear the whole weight
Of the news which alone could save Oz from her fate,
With my nostrils like pits full of blood to the brim,
And with circles of red for my  eye-sockets’ rim.

And all I remember is, friends flocking round
As I sat with my head ‘twixt my knees on the ground;
And no voice but was praising this failure of mine,
As I poured down my throat our last measure of wine,
Which the tacticians misreading a Galluping jerk
Said no more than my due who sought good news not work.

You can buy Can you believe it… HERE

The Truth About the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Tues Feb 7, 7pm

Green Left Weekly Public Forum:

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ABORIGINAL
TENT EMBASSY
Speaker: Sam Watson,
Prominent Murri leader and Socialist Alliance member, who was an early activist at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
in Canberra in 1972, and attended the Embassy 40th anniversary commemoration, Jan 26-28. Sam will give an
eyewitness account of the protests on Invasion Day in Canberra, refuting the racist media furore launched against
the Aboriginal community, and explain the real issues addressed at the Embassy anniversary.

TUES FEB 7, 7pm
Brisbane Activist Centre, 74B Wickham St, Fortitude Valley.
Meal available from 6.30pm.
Pho: 3831 2644/0423 741 734 for more info.
www.greenleft.org.au.