Turkey is to have its application to join the European Union fast-tracked, despite its pitiful human rights record.
Worse, Turkish pressure is having a negative effect on political freedoms in Europe, where, under pressure from Ankara, the German comedian Jan Böhmermann is being prosecuted for reciting a rude poem about President Erdogan. The best way to respond to such nonsense is of course to join in. I am delighted to read that the Spectator has launched the 'President Erdogan Offensive Poetry Competition' with a prize of £1000 to the winner. Here is my entry:
There is a leader with a hairy bum,
his Palace cost quite a sum,
it made him frown,
not to keep the Kurds down,
but Angela said she'd still come
Whoever wins the £1000, I would not advise them to spend it on a holiday to Turkey.....