The PM’s got a bee in her bonnet on this one,

so – sorry if I put the screws on you –

but my chaps tell me your chaps are being sticky.

Of course, I understand their point of view,

and as minefields go, I know it’s bloody tricky.

But, in the end, it’s simply got to be done.


You’ll have a word at your end?  Splendid.  Let’s not

put anything on paper, at this stage.

I don’t expect it to go to Cabinet –

Willie might go on the rampage. No, no

worries about Treasury squealing – I’ve squared Douglas.  What?


First published in Snakeskin 233, October 2016