Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Send in the Clowns..the Myth of Sovereignty

And so we are haunted by Clowns, how apt this is …..for this post Brexit Autumn of our madness that haunts us. The Clown has long been a peripheral figure , that grew out of the medieval Jester. Just listening to the Fool in King Lear show us how stupid and how foolish we have been. Clowns come in many forms...perhaps the most dangerous is the smiling bloke down the Pub who convinced is that free from Europe we would soar. When we peel back his mask we find the sullen expression of the ex-public school. Tory stockbroker looking out. 

And what did this clown sell us but the myth of sovereignty.? Freedom was it/. We are now seeing that in this globalised world we cannot disconnect the links of international trade, the web of the WTO and the World Bank. The pound continues to sink as we realise that sovereignty has no meaning. Out in the real world of the circus we live in those institutions of free trade pit on their clown suits and laugh. NAFTA, the WTO and the globalised corporations smile as they put on their clown masks.

Dost thou know the difference, my boy, between a bitter 
fool and a sweet fool? Lear Act I,4,663

Sovereignty was it? The Theresa M government in its defence argues that there will no parliamentary debate on Brexirt terms. Soverignty is it?......the clown overwhelms that talk of sovereignty now. The clown down the pub told us tales of immigration ceasing but now it our rights, our jobs and tolerance that the clown car drives over. I remember t5hat day June 24th I jumped into a taxi and the driver was so happy that we had voted to leave. He was pleased for his children's send in the clowns...well maybe next the words of Puck

Captain of our fairy band,
Helena is here at hand,
And the youth, mistook by me,
Pleading for a lover's fee.
Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!

Midsummer`s night Dream III,2,1147

1 comment:

  1. theres a couple missing there ; Christina Rees and Stephen Kinnock