The Plastic Hippo

August 10, 2010

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Filed under: Literature,Politics — theplastichippo @ 9:55 pm

As we witness the destruction of education, the NHS, social care, equality, fairness and the hopes and aspirations of generations of people, no amount of bile, invective, sarcasm, witty plays on words, metaphor, irony or satire can truly convey the stupidity of our current, transient political masters.

The sheer scale of consequence beggars belief. BSF, the National Health Service, the abolition of the Food Standards Agency, bounty hunters stalking benefit claimants and the dismantling of the Ministry of Justice, Bryntysilio and Willenhall Leisure Centre are just the start. The men and women who are making these decisions will soon be forgotten, but the legacy of their reckless, divisive vandalism will blight society for decades and beyond.

Even as services vital to those who need them are put to the torch, the thanes and chieftains having persuaded themselves that there is no other course of action, tell us it is for our own good. Safe from the storm that is about to engulf us all, these fools, idiots and walking shadows bellow meaningless, stentorian rhetoric as empty as the promises they were once so keen to make.

Shakespeare, an author who understood both politics and the human condition, wrote this in his Scottish Play:

“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.”

(Act 5, Scene 5)

Our masters would do well to remember the events at Dunsinane.


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