SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE
It's pantomime time again atGloucester City Council and this year, our favourite panto-loons are in a flapover finances.
Cast; Councillors PAULJAMES as BARON BROKECITY
JENNIE DALLIMORE as PRINCESS PODSMEADIA
PAM TRACEY as MOTHER GOOSE
COLIN ORGAN as MR MOVEMBER
Scene 1: BARON BROKECITYis meeting his friends and supporters in a King's Square telephone kiosk. PRINCESSPODSMEADIA arrives, looking annoyed.
Father – what's all thisabout budget cuts? I hope it's not going to affect my Communities andNeighbourhoods department.
You must be joking, girl. Everything'sin line for the chop. I've already started licking the chocolate from myleftover McVities so other cabinet members can eat them as ordinary digestiveslater.
Certainly was – theyweren't McVities at all – they were cheap copies from the Far East.
No, it's a takeaway inTuffley. Pity they didn't come from the Eastgate Market, then I'd have had anexcuse to close it down without having to pay any compensation. Still, thereare more important things to worry about – Dick's gone missing.
You mean Dick Whittington?
No, our MP. He wassupposed to be at my meeting. Perhaps he's still upset about England losing theashes.
I'm not surprised nobody'sseen him. The last I heard, he was parking his car in the Gloucester Quaysmulti-storey.
MOTHER GOOSE races intothe square on her bicycle, screeching to a halt. (Her brakes are noisy too). Shegrabs the BARON by the arm.
I've got an idea.
I know, but can we leavethat for now and concentrate on the budget?
My goose is very talented.
Your goose is verypainful!
We've found out that shecan lay golden eggs. We'll all be rich.
Doesn't sound like a good ideato me. We've already got a golden egg and it's been a nightmare to get rid of.
No, she really can laygolden eggs. At last we can be proud of Glawster.
MR MOVEMBER wanders by,eating a sandwich.
What have you got there,Mo?
Thought I'd try somethingdifferent – it's Goose Tikka Masala.
MOTHER GOOSE bursts intotears.
Well, that's that. We'lljust have to keep slicing at the salami.
I think we should go thewhole sausage.
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 fromanyone.
I don't know why Ibother…… by the way, where's MOTHER GOOSE gone?
MOVEMBER and PODSMEADIA
She's behind you!
NEW AGE VOTERS?
Seeing the kerfufflecaused by Gloucester's MP, Richard Graham when he commented on the idea of 16year-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 recordedit, but the best-known version was by Barry McGuire.
Part of it goes;
"The eastern world, it isexploding.
Violence flarin', bulletsloadin.'
You're old enough to kill,but not for votin'."
This sums upexactly what many young people felt in response to Richard's dismissal of theircompetence to choose who should represent them in Parliament. I've long been ofthe opinion that only the bad guys get publicity. For example, we are toldthere are around 100,000 youngsters in the UK who are carers for a disabledparent or sibling in addition to going to school and running the household. Ifthey can do that, they should be capable of putting a cross on a piece ofpaper. Anyway, most teenagers have more idea of what's going on in the realworld than any of the cosseted, well paid, smug and self-promoting inhabitantsof the House of Commons.
HO HO HO!
With this being mylast outing before Yuletide comes and goes, I'd like to wish a very merryChristmas to both of my readers - and I hope that everyone in Gloucester getswhat they wish for.