Bed, by Tony Blair

<em>(with apologies to Tracey Emin)</em>

The sheets are nipped and tucked;

I have abstained on my pillow.

Here are the hairs of the dog:

the noodle poodles.

Duck down: this is my

freedom of information, and my

last word on the mattress.

In my bedside tumbler,

the culture of excuses. There is a

laptop on my headboard.

It runs on castor oil. And that's

the remains of a Chinese takeaway.

I have made my bed, and I intend

to lie in it.

This article first appeared in the 01 November 1999 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Interview - David Ramsbotham