It is reported that a church in The Hague has been running a continuous service for thirty-eight days (so far) to prevent the arrest and deportation of an Armenian family; an old Dutch law forbids the police from entering a church while a religious service is in progress.

Religious people like to go,
To church on Sundays where they know,
There’ll be a service, they can pray,
And when it’s done they come away.

The service lasts an hour, not two,
And longer ones are rather few;
Not even when the King is crowned,
Do people longer stick around,
Though that day, even if you tried,
You likely wouldn’t get inside.

But back to Sundays, what if they,
Did hymns and prayers throughout the day,
And then to give you such a fright,
They carried on throughout the night?

And then the next days, three and four,
With cops now lined up by the door,
You’d wonder why these Dutch police,
Seemed to prevent people’s release.

More days pass by, it’s not a joke,
If you’d known you’d have brought a cloak;
And then somebody there explains
The non-stop preaching and refrains,
Will carry on and woe betide,
The police if they should come inside.

For there’s a law, made long ago,
Which says policemen cannot go,
Into a church while people pray,
No matter they might stay all day.

And that’s what’s happening right now,
Parishioners have made a vow,
To sing and pray for all they’re worth,
So five folk from elsewhere on earth,
Can’t be arrested then expelled,
From Holland where they long have dwelled.

So that’s their plan, we wish them luck,
Hope preachers don’t for words get stuck,
The police might have a while to wait –
It’s only now day thirty-eight.

How will it end? We can but guess.
I hope they’re not in much distress;
They might run out of prayers and song,
The Bible, though, is pretty long!


Tax 1

The EEC, now the EU,
Has lots of things it wants to do,
Like basically control all things,
For from such base its power springs.

A kingpin of this power greed,
Is to raise all the cash they need,
From taxes charged to me and you,
And lots of other people too.

So when a country or a state,
Tries to reduce its own tax rate,
To try improve its people’s lot,
The EU says it just cannot.

The Swedes, example, have just said,
Tax cuts would lead them jobs to shed,
In teaching where young Tom and Dick,
And Harry would all end up thick.

But this ignores what comp’nies do,
They don’t like taxes, that is true,
So they locate to places where,
They think the taxes aren’t unfair.

At present Ireland is first choice,
There tax is just a small invoice,
So Mrs May – you’ve heard the name –
Is wanting now to do the same.

The logic is if rates are low,
The total tax take starts to grow,
Of this there is now little doubt,
But high tax countries might lose out.

So Luxembourg and Holland too,
Think cheating is the thing to do,
And they with companies contrive,
So tax avoidance schemes survive.

So Britain should reduce its tax,
So rates are low but totals max,
And if some others this dislike,
Our answers won’t be ladylike!

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