Monday, September 22, 2014

Is David Cameron's joy the final nail?

Her Majesty's Prime Minister, who
conceived the late referendum on
the dismemberment of the United
Kingdom as a mode of entrapping
symptoms he could detect, of 
forces he could never understand,
immediately last Friday deliver-
ed himself of revelation again,
that self-determination in her
islands had been quashed for an-
other generation. Joy in clubland.

It was lost on no one, that this shallow and demeaning partisan boast exhausted the last of the underlying intimidation in Toryism's most frantic arguments for sustained oppression: that the repair, self-determination, would be irreparable. With what sublime and stark genius are the subjects spared their breath, in tautologies on their own desire?
We can't know, if such deeply immature arrogance will be cited, some day soon, as the final nail in his system's coffin. But we can begin to see in it, sentiment's share in mistaking ancient expe-diency for efficient distributions of justice.

Toryism, left to the Tories, has
always exposed itself to Acton's
warning of degeneration in power.
Mrs Thatcher's seizure of Disraeli's
party mirrored (yes, prefigured)
Reaganism's of Theodore Roosevelt's.
An ignoble party of nobility is all
the present generations in the Eng-
lish speaking world have ever seen.
How long will they wear its forms,
the more its pretenses are exposed?

With catastrophic miscalculation,
Tories have pursued their debasing
austerity policies with a smugness
implicating the Kingdom they rule,
as the Left, drenched in pessimism,
has surrendered the initiative to

What is the meaning of unrecipro-
cated, nostalgic deferences? Finally,
who cares? Mr Cameron's nightmare's
above ground, and very much alive.
The chimes are audible, David, of 
when Harry cut the cord with Fal-

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  Studies in Traditional
  Popular Culture
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  Myth and History
op. post.
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Yale University Press, 2008©

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The End of Protest
  How Free-Market Capitalism
  Learned to Control Dissent
Cornell University Press, 2014©

Katrin Bennhold
On Road to Scotland's Decision,
  Gambles and Fateful Steps
September 18, 2014
The New York Times©

Irvine Welsh
This Glorious Failure
September 19, 2014
The Guardian©

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