I was surprised today to see Douglas Murray announcing the winner of the Erdogan Poetry Prize - I thought the competition still had some time to run and I was still fine-tuning my own intended contribution. Frankly, had I known how feeble the winning entry would be, I'd have sent in my own and been damned! Murray said the filthier and more offensive the better yet this would hardly have offended Mother Theresa!
Still, I think I can forgive Murray: far more important that such a prominent figure as Boris - a potential Prime Minister, after all - be seen to be standing up to foreign dictators. As Murray says
In the interests of decency - such as they are - I won't post the winning poem here: follow the link. In the interests of modesty - such as they are - I'll leave my own poem to your (possibly fevered, who knows) imaginations!For myself, I think it a wonderful thing that a British political leader has shown that Britain will not bow before the putative Caliph in Ankara. Erdogan may imprison his opponents in Turkey. Chancellor Merkel may imprison Erdogan’s critics in Germany. But in Britain we still live and breathe free. We need no foreign potentate to tell us what we may think or say. And we need no judge (especially no German judge) to instruct us over what we may find funny.
http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/05/bo ... mpetition/