Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The return of the Mummy

Manfred Bajorat died doing what he wanted to do. Lucky bastard. His ‘mummified’ remains were found in his yacht, drifting off the Philippines, time of death unknown. Some thought it gruesome to show the pictures but, hey, it comes to us all. And far better that than the living death many will experience through debilitating illnesses, loneliness, cold and the many savage cruelties which mankind inflicts on man. In the old joke the comic asks why married men usually die before their wives; the punchline is ‘because they want to’.

Of course, comedians know and fear the death they hope not to have to experience, ‘dying’ on stage before an indifferent audience. I once saw a famous comedian appear two days in a row at a major summer festival. On the first day he smashed it; the crowd helpless with laughter, rolling about on the grass. On the second he stood in for an act which belatedly pulled out and struggled manfully on against a sea of hostile faces for about five minutes before walking off, presumably to heavily hit the bottle.

Death isn’t always cruel though. For many, following a long illness, death comes as an end to suffering and a release for all those caught up in the drama. Then there is ‘la petite mort’ which, in its modern translation is generally also a welcome release. And of course the deaths of many political careers are seen as occasions for national celebration. Who hasn’t cackled at the departure of major figures brought low? Of course one person’s deposed tyrant is another’s political hero, but I imagine the forthcoming lemming leap will be delicious for all to see.

One side will win and the other will lose and in the days following the referendum many heads are going to roll. It might seem unnecessarily vicious to lose around 50% of the major players to political oblivion just for taking the wrong side but it has always been the case that the losers are expected to fall on their swords. Big beasts will retire from the fray and some upcoming young Turks will see their careers cut short for backing the wrong horse. It matters not that the majority of the public will be utterly unaware and unmoved should they bother to look up from their shuffling about, but for those interested in such things the smell of schadenfreude will hang heavy in the air.

The Marie Celeste - a portrait of Westminster?

Look on the bright side, though. Firstly, they ‘died’ doing what they loved, what’s to mourn? Secondly, forget the issues of in or out, dirty tricks campaigns, political manoeuvrings and back bench shenanigans; there could well be a winner overall – politics itself. This might just be an occasion for a grand clear out of the tired old faces, ushering in an influence of fresh young bloods with hope in their hearts and British interests to the fore. Or is that just wishful thinking?


  1. It is wishful thinking. For every fallen hero/villain there is another ready and willing to take their place of the same hue. We are not good at learning from past mistakes or embracing new improved ideas. So we tend to get the same old same old and anything new not often much of an improvement and in some cases a lot worse.

  2. But they tell us constantly, in every walk of life, that "lessons will be learned".
    Are you telling me that's not true?
    Shock, horror!

  3. In this, yet another decade of total financial and political irresponsibility, I'm afraid the ushering in of new politicians from the same backgrounds and institutions won't yield any change whatsoever. In actual fact, it'll get much worse.

    Try to think of the UK as a sick, crack addicted junkie. It doesn't stop, evaluate, seek help and perhaps change until it reaches absolute rock bottom.

    How else could we explain having an exclusive trade deal with a Union which we lose billions of pounds on, and having a cabinet campaigning to stay in it? How else could we explain a stark refusal to intricately examine just how we've managed to double our National debt into trillions in a couple of years? How else can we explain our government not encouraging the country to save and be responsible, instead urging it to borrow and gamble, and explaining that this is stability?

    Every time someone with a wealth of experience, from a different background, with a huge range of credentials even attempts to enter our political arena they are vilified, ruined, branded populist, racist, sexist, unless they toe the establishment line of utter irresponsibility and corporate protectionism.

    We've got the opposition party, who are essentially an enemy of the state, that hate my country, what it stands for and the effort that went into making it what it is. They want to give it away, break it up, take away it's borders. Not for any feasible gain mind... no, because they just seem to hate what they live in.

    The fact of the matter is this, the people who we have in charge of this country are not capable of running it. They have zero credibility, and no talent. For the most part, they were born in a bubble, and they live in a bubble. They aren't capable of 'doing deals', they aren't capable of trading and winning, this is why there is a stark refusal of anyone in the public sector to ever take blame for poor performance and a shoddy job. Why? Because most of them are shit at it.

    Strap yourself in, minimise your risk to the state wherever you possibly can, get yourself into a good capital position, because you ain't even seen a fraction of what's to come yet.