Looks like new poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy is not the type to go gentle into that good night. Her first move in the job as state poet has been to bite the hand that feeds — unlike the guy in the job before her (what was his name again?) whose poetry was so spectacularly inoffensive that no one remembers much about it, or him. With ‘Politics’, Duffy shows she has her finger on the pulse and is not afraid to say her bit. She has also donated the stipend for the job to a Poetry Society prize fund. Just as well, perhaps — whoever pays it out might have tried to claw it back.