Executives, then and now

Then    Executive                      John Betjeman

I am a young executive. No cuffs than mine are cleaner;

I have a Slimline briefcase and I use the firm’s Cortina.

In every roadside hostelry from here to Burgess Hill

The maitres d’hotel all know me well and let me sign the bill.

And now      Executive Hopeful .

I’m an aspiring intern. My dress is casual smart.

I have a brand new Blackberry and I Pad on contract.

I do hot-desk from eight to six; at weekends I do pills.

The CEOs all know my face -‘cos Daddy pays the bills.

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