The BBC News 24 political correspondent James Landale could be in for a ribbing from chums at Westminster with the October publication of his book Cautionary Tales: comic verse for the 21st century. With lyrical takes on subjects such as binge drinking, text messaging and shopaholism, he's being marketed by his publishers, Canongate, as a modern-day Hilaire Belloc. (In fact, the cover has the strapline "Never mind the Bellocs - here's James Landale".)
But will he live up to the billing? Judge for yourself:
"If you shop until you drop
One day the trust fund will stop."
Another verse, on the vexed question of nose-picking, reads:
Is but good in moderation."
Perhaps it would be wise to hang on to the day job.
Hmm. I've Judged for myself. Never mind Landale (but it just doesn't have that Sex Pistols ring to it).