A note on politics

After some of the pronouncements of Mr Reid et al earlier in the week it seemed appropriate to remind people of Norman MacCaig’s poem “Smuggler”.  MacCaig had been a conscientious objector in the Second World War and worked as a school teacher for many years.  He maintained a healthy cynical attitude to politicians.  This is from p 165 of the 2005 Poems of Norman MacCaig (corrected edition) (well worth the cover price but reduced via Amazon).


Watch him when he opens
his bulging words – justice,
fraternity, freedom, internationalism, peace,
peace, peace.  Make it your custom
to pay no heed
to his frank look, his visas, his stamps
and signatures.  Make it
your duty to spread out their contents
in a clear light.

Nobody with such luggage
has nothing to declare.

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