I was casting about looking for something to write for dVerse Open Link Night, against the background of the 10pm TV news programme. This story and an interview with a senior Barclays Bank executive enraged me and resulted in this unpoetic rant.
Bankers are at it again,
mundulating* wormy squirmy excuses
for raising salaries and bonuses
for their staff, yet losing money
hand over fist while
junior employees are made redundant.
Small firms can whistle for a loan.
Shareholders can go hang;
pension fund managers
get short shrift, their pensioners likewise.
but Barclays managers?
Ever more money to waste
on frivolity, corporate jollity – money they don’t deserve.
When will they take a “reality cheque,”
work honestly, earn our respect?
Mundulation: a word coined and defined by Harry Nicholson. In 2009 it was first used:
a) In a defamatory sense: allusion to explanations of MPs’ outrageous expenses claims. From Latin, mundus: world,
and Latin, undulant: wave like, rising and falling.
b) Obsolescent: the growth and decay of systems, as in worlds, empires and religions
c) Now in vulgar use for anything that writhes in a confused manner casting about for excuses