Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Tories in "La La Land."
I don't actually know much about La La Land but I do know a great deal about Gilbert and Sullivan operas. In The Mikado the Lord High Executioner, Koko,explains away the fact that he has not actually executed the tenor lead, Nanki-Poo, as follows:
It's like this:When Your Majesty says, 'Let a thing be done' it's as good as done - practically it is done - because Your Majesty's will is law. Your Majesty says, 'Kill a gentleman' and a gentleman is told off to be killed. Consequently the gentleman is as good as dead - practically he is dead - and if he is dead why not say so?
This style of reasoning seems to have afflicted our government: say something is so and it is so, however absurd and contrary to truth and experience.
In her Brexit speech Mrs May assures Europe and the world that: "Britain is an open and tolerant country." This coming from the woman who, as Home Secretary, organised a billboard campaign telling illegal immigrants to "Go home or face arrest;" whose government has accepted a derisory number of refugees; and has argued that refugees drowning in the Mediterranean should not be rescued as that might encourage others to try.
The Koko delusion is not confined to the Prime Minister. Our Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tells us today that other countries are "queuing up" to sign trade deals with the UK once it leaves the EU, and the whole tone of the Brexit campaigners is that we probably can have our cake and eat it with the EU, and if we can't then there's a bigger and better cake outside.
After the rapid evaporation of the promises made in the referendum campaign itself we should learn to take these arrogant and unrealistic claims with a pinch of salt. Unfortunately most of our newspapers do not seem to have learned the lesson.