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Britain: Shakespeare in Action


#1

Britain: Shakespeare in Action

It’s a bit like a Shakespeare play – specifically the final scene of Hamlet, when almost all the play’s major characters die violently. And now we’re down to one. Her name is Theresa May.

It has been barely three weeks since the United Kingdom (or at least, 52 percent of those who voted) chose to leave the European Union, but all the main Brexit leaders have already left the stage. The Conservative Party has always been notable for its ruthlessness, and leaders who threaten to split the party get short shrift.


#2

I appreciate your thoughts on this subject of Brexit, Mr. Dyer, but take exception to your remarks about MP and Labour Leader Corbyn: He may not have the full support of most Labour MPs, but he has tons of it from regular Brits who are Labour Party, and from many young people, Britain's future. They are sick of "poodles" in either party, following the war-mongers and intervenors in other nations, like U.S. and NATO, and siding and practicing austerity on those at the bottom economically. What hope I have comes from the fact that (as you remarked on the Conservative Party elite ), most of the elites are over 60. The future belongs to the young, who I fervently have more sense than to tie their hopes to the likes of Clinton, or even Merkel, or this new Conservative PM.


#3

What part of Dyer's description did you dislike? "Radical" is entirely appropriate, given that he wants to take the party back to its roots. As for being elected by the rank and file and not having the support of many MPs, that seems accurate as well. Neither of those are derogatory remarks.


#4

Corbyn had always been hostile to the EU, and his lacklustre campaigning for “Remain” contributed to the fact that fully one-third of Labour voters backed Brexit.

OK, let's take that a bit at a time. Corbyn has always been hostile to the pro-corporate element of the EU, but he's clearly not opposed to the general notion of continental co-operation or, indeed, to the strength of workers rights that come from the need for a single market. (Famously, he stated in an interview that he was about 7 out of 10 in favour of Europe. Given that the Labour result was basically 70% Remain, that suggests that he had a pretty good insight into the balance of his own party supporters.)
Secondly, he campaigned extremely vigorously for Remain, giving speeches all over the country on most days of the campaign. What he didn't do was appear on media platforms with his political rivals - should you think less of him for that? (After all, there's a good argument for saying that it was that decision which helped to cost Labour the whole of Scotland in the last General Election.)
Thirdly, if two-thirds of Labour voters in fact backed Remain, then that sounds like a pretty decent success to me in a campaign in which the final result was 50/50. It was the two-thirds of Tory voters that backed Leave that were surely the people who most needed to be reached, and they were unlikely to listen to Corbyn!

That doesn't mean that the general thrust of the piece isn't worth making, but it's this sort of repeating the same sort of half-truths that led half of the UK to largely believe what the Leave campaign were telling them, and for the people supporting Remain to be unable to articulate a coherent case.


#5

Whats to stop Brits from having another referendum to decide who will be their new leader? And another...and another as the times call for. Who is afraid of direct democracy?


#6

"But cheer up. Assuming that Angela Merkel remains Chancellor of Germany
and that Hillary Clinton wins the US presidential election in November,
by year’s end the three biggest Western countries will all be run by
women. Maybe they can sort it all out."

Ha! As did Madame Mao for PR China. As did the Empress whatist of China back in the days of the Boxer Rebellion. The major difference between men and women is that as a broad generalisation women work a lot harder than men and pay a lot more attention to detail.Therefore, when women stuff things up, they do it thoroughly; men are bad enough but at least we tend to be more lacksadaisical.

No doubt this will get me hanged, drawn and quartered by assorted contributors to these columns but a long lifetime's observation of the human condition in a good number of countries and cultures bears me out.

France is larger than the UK, and therein lies Madame Le Pen and her fascists who will benefit from the declining social situation in FRance.


#7

Remember St-Exupéry? What is essential remains hidden to the eyes, or something like that. No, Corbyn wasn't challenged for his "lacklustre" remain campaign. That was the bogus alibi by the Labour Blairite faction seeking to prevent the Chilcot report. They failed, but they carried on, because they had the momentum, or so they thought, to get rid of the massively elected leader, whom they saw as a danger for their right-wing politics. They will crash too: if the Brexit leaders' fate has been compared to Hamlet's final scene, well, the Chicken-coup schemers may be compared to Macbeth and his Lady (Angela Eagle), and they will be wiped out by the rank and file of the party and will lose their seats.


#8

Often women in power, especially in the imperial power-house, are "tougher" than men, they mean to show off their masculinity in male-ruled societies.


#9

Both of the women running for the Conservative leadership rained praises on Thatcher and her "steely determination".


#10

The Brexit vote was an exercise in national suicide. And now it will be executed by a clueless cipher. Hard to see this turning out well. No doubt for the Tories it has been a long, psychologically painful slide from the dizzying heights of the British Empire. Brexit was advertised as a cure for national decline. But it will only accelerate it.