PMs – Here Today….

I’ve lived through the terms of several Prime Ministers, from Harold MacMillan to today’s incumbent. They all leave, mostly unwillingly…

I’ve seen PMs come and go

And each time it’s been a blow…

To them.


Super Mac was taken ill

I assume they gave him some wonder pill…

Didn’t work.


Sir Alec Douglas-Hume

Was left to fume…



Ted Heath liked to spend time yachting

Instead of dealing with those plotting…

His end.


Harold Wilson had four goes

Before they led him by the nose…



Jim Callaghan was well meant

Until his winter of discontent…

Oh well.


Mrs Thatcher, so gimlet-eyed

Ended when she finally cried…

For herself.


John Major never mastered

How to deal with ‘those bastards’…



Tony Blair, all hair and teeth

Smiled a lot, while underneath…



Gordon Brown


Too much.


Davey Cameron’s referendum

Exposed him as nice but dumb…

The pillock.


If only Theresa May had been

Theresa Would, we might have seen…



How come, with Boris Johnson

We thought he’d be an honest one…?

More fool us.


So should I stand about and cuss

And generally make a fuss

As the Tories take Lynn Truss

And throw her under the next bus…?

Bugger off.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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55 Responses to PMs – Here Today….

  1. Nice, succinct, analyses

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  2. joylennick says:

    Jolly Good Geoff! Twenty-two years ago, we made one of the best decisions ever and came to live in Spain. Of course, nowhere is perfect, but… We sold our house here and rent at 350 euros monthly for a 2 bed, 2 bath apartment, ground floor, patio and pool outside the door and small, part-tiled garden. We are a mile from the Med. and half a mile from shops, hospital, cafes and restaurants/ 15 minutes to orange groves, lakes and countryside. We can still dine out well for 12 euros for three courses. Two of our three sons live nearby, which is a bonus…the third in Denmark and visits yearly. The health service saw my husband through cancer and I have been hospitalized safely, a few times. I will always love the old England I remember, but Brexit has been a curse for us as the euro against the pound is dire…Upwards and on wards!

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    • TanGental says:

      Glad you found your nearly Nirvana, Joy. I can’t imagine wanting to live anywhere but in this village cum suburb but never say never. And while I’d like to be open minded and think Brexit didn’t have a large part to play in our current chaos, I’m sufficiently pissed at the whole farrago to happily blame everything on it. One of my closest friends is an ardent believer that it has and will cure everything from herpes to wet lettuce in the bottom of the fridge and that leads to the occasionally boisterous debate but happily we then default to the latest cricketing disaster and all is well again.

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    I have to say Geoff I do share all your opinions especially on the anti Christ Blair! Sorry but you can trust someone who smiles as they plot behind closed doors! I can add another two to my lifetime Churchill and Anthony Eden.
    They all had one thing in common, emotion …even if well hidden they didn’t want to go. Except Liz Truss she showed no emotion just had that stupid smile on her face….was she another grinning assassin or just an automotant.
    Great poem Geoff.

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    • TanGental says:

      Eden eff’ed up as much as Truss, in his own way, didn’t he. And I had such high hopes of Blair. As you say, never trust someone cares more about his teeth than his constituents

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  4. I feel in my sphincter
    that this is succincter
    than anyone’s written before
    I hear Nadine Dorries
    was speaking to Boris
    to get him as PM once more
    With such sheer affrontery
    I may leave the country
    I’m sure I can’t stand him again
    Despite every pledge
    I’m feeling on edge
    that there is no relief for that pain

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  5. A wonderful resume of PMs. I just finished reading The Splendid and the Vile about Churchill’s years as PM before the US entered the war. I don’t know how he did it…

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  6. Sadje says:

    It’s like a game in UK.

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  7. Thanks for a summary on the PMs, Geoff.


  8. trifflepudling says:

    I don’t think many of your followers thought Boris Johnson would be straight!

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  9. JT Twissel says:

    Very clever! I’d still swap all those dude and dudesses for our last president.

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  10. Elizabeth says:

    A great review. I remember them all too. I especially liked Thatcher crying for herself.

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  11. gordon759 says:

    I am reminded of an advert for the Observer newspaper, on some anniversary of the paper 150th or 200th or something similar. It went like this
    “Since this paper was founded there have been xx prime ministers, we have offended every one of them!”
    A reason to be proud

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  12. tootlepedal says:

    We have reached a pretty pass when I suddenly thought that perhaps Michael Gove might be quite a good solution to our present problems. I had to go and have a lie down.

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  13. That was a fun read. I don’t think there are any good ones anywhere.


  14. Jennie says:

    Well written, Geoff. The news here showed her yelling her head off at all the blokes in Parliament. Still, it came as a shock.

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  16. Bravo on a job well done.

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  17. emmblu says:

    History in a nutshell… Brilliant! Thanks for the education

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