He would like to pose bluff and hearty for posterity,
But is trying to sell us austerity,
And his uncertainty
Shows on his face:
A man who secretly fears disgrace.
His posture copies Chancellors of the past,
As he tries to get some bullshit past
The long-suffering British public;
Relying on the support of the middle-class,
He tries to whet their avarice,
So they won't notice
What he's really up to.
This is based on an exercise from a workshop. Line 1 is due to Raymond Carver.