The Passport Office, long since privatised
and charging what the Government describe as
entirely realistic fees
refers enquiries to Palermo.
What’s left of legal aid’s contracted out
to a cheerless firm in Kazakhstan
which never fails, the Government says,
to give consistent value.
The revenue from captive grids
of all essential services –
the water and the power and the gas –
flows glittering to all parts of the globe.
And your next door neighbour’s never seen:
she runs casinos in Hong Kong.
Her house is dark; the only sound
comes from a tripped alarm.