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Shirleymandering


She was only a shopkeeper's daughter
Whose dad, by acumen and stealth,
Progressed from his Market Stall to
Supermarket owner of great wealth.
Maybe she was unbalanced or
Just to the Tory toffs pandering
But, while Leader of her council
She tried a bit of gerrymandering.
Using her position to bring
Her devious plot in to play
Homes for votes they called it
A huge scandal in its day.
Some times there are hitches
Even to those plans best laid
Caught and fined 37 million
Which she never paid.
This lady skipped the country,
Certainly didn't intend to linger,
Becoming a resident of Tel Aviv
And for years gave us the finger.
Apparently after many years
A settlement of sorts was reached
Part of the fine being paid
For some of the laws she'd breached.
When she moved back to London.
Her acceptance again was evident
Though according to Tel Aviv that's
Where she's still considered resident.
Democracy's a precious thing
To be guarded with respect and care:
Too often turn a blind eye and we
May discover it's no longer there.












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