SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE
It's pantomime time again at
Gloucester City Council and this year, our favourite panto-loons are in a flap
Cast; Councillors PAUL
JAMES as BARON BROKECITY
JENNIE DALLIMORE as PRINCESS PODSMEADIA
PAM TRACEY as MOTHER GOOSE
COLIN ORGAN as MR MOVEMBER
Scene 1: BARON BROKECITY
is meeting his friends and supporters in a King's Square telephone kiosk. PRINCESS
PODSMEADIA arrives, looking annoyed.
Father – what's all this
about budget cuts? I hope it's not going to affect my Communities and
You must be joking, girl. Everything's
in line for the chop. I've already started licking the chocolate from my
leftover McVities so other cabinet members can eat them as ordinary digestives
Certainly was – they
weren't McVities at all – they were cheap copies from the Far East.
No, it's a takeaway in
Tuffley. Pity they didn't come from the Eastgate Market, then I'd have had an
excuse to close it down without having to pay any compensation. Still, there
are more important things to worry about – Dick's gone missing.
You mean Dick Whittington?
No, our MP. He was
supposed to be at my meeting. Perhaps he's still upset about England losing the
I'm not surprised nobody's
seen him. The last I heard, he was parking his car in the Gloucester Quays
MOTHER GOOSE races into
the square on her bicycle, screeching to a halt. (Her brakes are noisy too). She
grabs the BARON by the arm.
I've got an idea.
I know, but can we leave
that for now and concentrate on the budget?
My goose is very talented.
Your goose is very
We've found out that she
can lay golden eggs. We'll all be rich.
Doesn't sound like a good idea
to me. We've already got a golden egg and it's been a nightmare to get rid of.
No, she really can lay
golden eggs. At last we can be proud of Glawster.
MR MOVEMBER wanders by,
eating a sandwich.
What have you got there,
Thought I'd try something
different – it's Goose Tikka Masala.
MOTHER GOOSE bursts into
Well, that's that. We'll
just have to keep slicing at the salami.
I think we should go the
It's the same every year,
over-worked and under-paid councillors doing their best for the city –
attending photo opportunities, business lunches, and getting no thanks from
I don't know why I
bother…… by the way, where's MOTHER GOOSE gone?
MOVEMBER and PODSMEADIA
She's behind you!
NEW AGE VOTERS?
Seeing the kerfuffle
caused by Gloucester's MP, Richard Graham when he commented on the idea of 16
year-olds being able to vote, reminded me of "The Eve of Destruction",
a protest song written by P. F. Sloan in 1965. Several artists have recorded
it, but the best-known version was by Barry McGuire.
Part of it goes;
"The eastern world, it is
Violence flarin', bullets
You're old enough to kill,
but not for votin'."
This sums up
exactly what many young people felt in response to Richard's dismissal of their
competence to choose who should represent them in Parliament. I've long been of
the opinion that only the bad guys get publicity. For example, we are told
there are around 100,000 youngsters in the UK who are carers for a disabled
parent or sibling in addition to going to school and running the household. If
they can do that, they should be capable of putting a cross on a piece of
paper. Anyway, most teenagers have more idea of what's going on in the real
world than any of the cosseted, well paid, smug and self-promoting inhabitants
of the House of Commons.
HO HO HO!
With this being my
last outing before Yuletide comes and goes, I'd like to wish a very merry
Christmas to both of my readers - and I hope that everyone in Gloucester gets
what they wish for.