I happened to be glancing through Adrian Mitchell’s Heart on the Left
this morning (as you do) and rediscovered the poem ‘My Shy Di in Newspaperland’, in which he took lines and headlines from the press coverage of Charles and Diana’s engagement in 1980 and turned them into a poem. Having many better things to do this morning, but in need of an excuse to defer them, I thought I’d try the same with a different public figure in today’s news, and see what the result was.

(Each line is taken whole from media coverage of the event – thank you Google News – and the link in the first word of each line will take you to the story it came from)

Relaying their personal thoughts

Surely the most well-connected woman in the country
Had not predicted the Paulsgrove riots
She said “persuasion” was more accurate
She believed a donation was made

Messages sent by the aides of politicians, but relaying their personal thoughts

It is at least surprising that any one person could be cosy with them all
It was a question she raised herself
I happened to relate this gem to a reporter from the Daily Mail
She considered Mr Blair a friend

Messages sent by the aides of politicians, but relaying their personal thoughts

On occasion and not very often
They went sour after The Sun switched
Tended to look like she was going to the office party
Hardly the incendiary display that many observers had anticipated

Messages sent by the aides of politicians, but relaying their personal thoughts

Those who feel she is in no place to complain
This is the list submitted to the inquiry
Number 10 Downing Street, from Number 11, the Office of the Treasury, from the Home Office, from the Foreign Office
Who she said was not at the dinner

Messages sent by the aides of politicians, but relaying their personal thoughts

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2 comments untill now

  1. I really like this and surely Adrian Mitchell would have used links if he had them in those days

  2. Glad you like it – thinking I might try it as a weekly thing, assuming inspiration strikes again. It’s a nice way to play with words, and cut and paste makes it a lot easier than he would have had it too!