The Bonfire of the Certainties

Not strong, not stable. Leaders who decide
they want a mandate watch it disappear.
The great election guru Crosby knows
how dirty tricks boost polling, bang on cue,
but not this time. The gutter press proclaim
that Corbyn’s both a traitor and a joke
but their cartoon still doesn’t look that clear
to those who see a decent, honest bloke.
The media experts sit in studios,
locked in assumptions, shafting with a sneer
the amateurs who cannot play their game.
The young don’t care. They say. But now they do.
They work, they vote, and through the gloom provide
the flicker of a future-loving flame
as age-old certainties go up in smoke.