It is reported that David Dimbleby is to retire from chairing Question Time as he turns eighty; so who will fill his shoes?
Old Dimbleby’s been on our screens,
Till slightly later than his teens,
And now he says he wants to go,
Now that he’s seventy or so.
The Question, therefore, at this Time,
Which I am asking now in rhyme,
Is who will fill the chairman’s chair,
When Question Time is on the air?
So three contenders, ladies all,
With resumés more large, than small,
Seem keen to get this most plum job,
Ahead of any other slob.
There’s Kirsty Young and Kirsty Wark,
Mishal Husain – all three can talk,
And probably they could all do,
What the producer tells them to.
But what of others, maybe men?
The chairman could be male again;
There’s Humphrys, John and Paxman, J,
Or have these stalwarts had their day?
For sure they’re getting on in years,
As far as I know are not queers,
But maybe in this day and age,
Because they’d get a public wage,
They might be excluded you see,
For being not LBGT.
The difficulty is today,
When you take on someone you pay,
There are so many things you must,
Consider, not to be unjust.
So as the interview rounds go,
To pick the winner for the show,
They might not need to be too wise,
As long as they can sympathise.
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