1. So Maysis took the advice of the prophets Comres, Mori and Yougov, and called an election, that she might defeat Jeremiah of the Corbynites and finally lead the children of Bri-tain out of the land of EU-gypt.
Maysis seeketh advice from the Lord of Bucket-head.
2. For her counsellors had spoken unto her, saying, "Thou art a ghastly old trout, but surely Jeremiah is even worse?"
3. "For he hath friends among such as Gerald of the Adamites, who slay the widow and the orphan; not to mention many other Terrorites."
4. "Go forth and win. Thou canst not do worse than Cam-aaron, he who is now gone to a better place. Or at least, one that pays better."
Jeremiah goeth out to meet the Maronites.
5. So Maysis wrote an epistle, that is called Manifesto, in which she promised to be Strong and Stable.
6. Although she later changed her mind, especially when she sought to raise taxes upon the old and demented,
7. And Jeremiah wrote his own epistle, in which he promised wondrous gifts to the Many and not the Few.
8. At which the Few were exceeding wrathful, as they would have to pay for them, if anyone ever did.
9. Moreover, Jeremiah was aided by an abbot called Diane, known for her skill with numbers, who explained that she would appoint seventy-six million policemen to protect the children of Bri-tain.
10. That is, everyone in Bri-tain would henceforth be a policeman, and Diane would import a few million more from the land of I-sis to make up the numbers.
And the people of Bri-tain spake, saying, "Ave, ave, ave, what is all this, then?"
11. We need not speak long of other famous men, such as Farron of the Libdemites, he who abandoned his faith on learning that that following the Lord's commandments was a vote-loser.
12. Nor on the fate of the Ukipites, who had spoken for many years saying "We must leave EU-gypt."
13. For the reply came, "Yes, the 50th article is already triggered, and now all we need to know is, who shall go forth to drink the Pharaoh Juncker under the table?"
There cometh the only man who can drink more than Juncker.
14. At last the big day came, and the children of Bri-tain voted, saying "Alas, we hate the lot of you."
15. So Maysis, she who was hated slightly less than Jeremiah, remained as the leader.
16. But she spake sweet words unto the Dupites of Ire-land, saying, "Cleave unto me, for surely ye must hate Jeremiah and his Terrorite friends." And it was so.
17. And all the Corbynites spake out with one voice. saying, "But the Dupites hate Catholics!" And the reply came back, "Well, so do you!"
A Dupite banner (on loan from Cardinal Burke).
18. And the Corbynites spake out again, saying, "Yet the Dupites love not the marriage that is gay!" And the reply came back, "Neither do thy friends the Muslimites!"
19. At this the Corbynites despaired, saying, "The people have spoken, but they have not yet demonstrated in the streets, so the result is invalid."
20. And still the clock ticked on, towards the day when May-sis must send people forth to drink with Juncker.