My response to Pete’s latest rhyme challenge, ‘oblige’: an excerpt from Liberal Guilt, music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, lyrics by Clive James, book by Martin Amis. The show is a wickedly barbed satire on the depraved, hypocritical morality of middle-class types who read the Guardian and adore Clive James and Martin Amis.
The following verse is from the Senior Detective’s lament as he picks through a crime scene. Crusading left-wing journalist Frank Beard’s house has been broken into and his teenage daughter apparently abducted:
“Brutal,” they cry, “jingoistic,” they yelp,
But we’re always obliging and ready to help
When their lives have been shattered by villainous men –
Well, we don’t hear no chatter of politics then!
If asked “Do you like Kipling” I am now bound to answer “Actually, yes. I like to Kiple on the bus to work.”