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What Makes A Leader?

19/08/2016 14:06 BST | Updated 18/08/2017 10:12 BST

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What makes a leader?

I sit and hypothesize,

While Corbyn and Smith

Fight as they "moralise".

Does leadership lie

In slicked-back hair?

Is it pulling a pint

Or "showing you care"?

Churchill was a leader,

That's what they say.

But with the war over,

They kept him at bay.

Wilson (with overcoat),

The machine, the statistician,

Slowly but surely

Had to deal with division.

"The Iron Lady"

Is what they called Thatcher.

Then her own party

Up and back stabbed her.

Blair, in his day,

Had all the fame.

Now it's frowned on

To mention his name.

All were PMs,

All "did their bit",

And every one

Took hit after hit.

For, to be a leader,

Equals scrutiny and criticism,

Sometimes betrayal,

Or a large dose of cynicism.

What makes a leader?

I no longer know.

And yet, it seems,

We know when they should go.

So let Smith and Corbyn

Knock each other down.

I wouldn't be in their shoes,

Not for a crown.