An early modern politician

Sir Joseph Potter, First Lord of the Admiralty

I always voted at my party’s call,
And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
I thought so little, they rewarded me
By making me the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

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9 Responses to An early modern politician

  1. Up The Workers!

    Could have been written by Dodgy Dan’s Ashton’s Circus Ringmaster, Old monocular Fatty himself.

    He never met a bent, corrupt, sacked ex-solicitor, fraudster, perjurer and forger; nor a practitioner of alleged non-consensual horizontal-jogging with drunken, drugged 16 year olds, that he didn’t subsequently want as Prime Minister.

    Comrade!

  2. Shy Ted

    I am the very model of a modern pollie criminal
    Exposure of my deeds will be absolutely minimal
    And after all the graft I’ll have a fucking great big pension
    And how I got my properties the press will make no mention.
    With thanks to Gilbert and ShyTedivan.

  3. Roberto

    It’s Sir Joseph Porter, not Potter.

  4. Entrepreneur

    Love HMS Pinafore

  5. Tim Neilson

    Did the opera show Sir Joseph Porter ordering a fleet of wooden hulled sailing ships to be built for delivery to the navy in 1914?

    If not, then truth is still more bizarre than fiction.

  6. One Vegan doesn’t make a Salad

    Do Australian submarine contracts appear in HMS Pinafore?

    Well they should.

  7. Up The Workers!

    To “One Vegan doesn’t make a salad”,

    Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore” was first performed in London in 1878.

    By strange coincidence, the London streets were first lit along the Thames Embankment using electricity, in 1878.

    The $50 Billion worth of Australian Royal Australian Pink Finger- Nails Diversity Navy “Mincing-Poodle-Class” seat-saving submarines are going to be built in 50 years time in Jurassic Park, (apparently some place roughly South of Darwin and East of Perth where demented locals are reputed to actually drink Southwark beer if Lifeline doesn’t get to them first).

    Who knows…in 50 years time, they might even give serious consideration to the possibility of installing some electricity there, too.

  8. Tim Neilson

    Who knows…in 50 years time, they might even give serious consideration to the possibility of installing some electricity there, too.

    That would be a turnaround. For some years now they’ve been trying to eradicate what electricity they once had.

  9. Nato

    Good title. Give your subbies a raise.

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