Works in the Herald 1931
A POLITICIAN'S LOGIC
In answer to Mr. Latham's statement that the Government had made promises it could not fulfil Mr Theodore replied, "Have
not honorable members of the Opposition side made promises on the eve of election?"
"Must we submit, while they filch from us
Sacred rights to make a promise
That we never can fulfil
Tho' pretending that we will
When we won the herd's affections,
Tongue in cheek, at the elections?
"Never! While the politician
Fights for pay and high position,
Shall we yield up while we live
That age old prerogative
To make pledges false and hollow
That the guileless crowds will swallow.
"Never! While the candidate,
While the Party, sees its fate
And the plans on which it dotes
Hanging on the need for votes
Never shall it fail to utter
Pledges for its bread and butter."
* * *
Here, at last, a gauge we find
For the politician's mind
Here, in its worst phrase, we see
If we'd even cause to doubt it
So, what shall we do about it?
Herald, 13 March 1931, p8