Poetry and politics – a potent blend

POET John Carter is fed up to the back teeth with politicians, but he does like his dentist.

The former King Edward VI School pupil, who lives in Pegswood, has published a new slim volume of verse, Brutal Ballads, on sale at Morpeth Chantry.

Mr Carter, a Royal Navy veteran, casts a grandfatherly eye over what he regards as the inept bunglings of today’s legislators and bankers, but expresses his gratitude to Miss Devereux for her state-of-the-art skill in preserving his molars that are constantly grinding with anger at the goings-on in Westminster and the White House.

He said: “I use my poems to vent my dismay at what is being done to us.”