Echo and Narcissus
2nd June 2017
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As the swirling shambles of Parody Britain reaches a new low of emptiness, political rhetoric has abandoned facts and figures for myth and symbol. This is post-truth British politics. In this issue George Gunn takes on the myths of Brexit Britain and the shambles of the dependence parties leadership, Paul Tritschler writes on the need for contemplation and solidarity in the face of the madness surrounding us, and author AL Kennedy embraces being a Citizen of Nowhere:
“The EU is not by any means perfect, but the reasons for Britain’s abandonment of EU membership, its threats to remove us all from the protection of the European Court and its hatred of Europe as an idea are clearly not based in a desire to be newly creative, outgoing, humane or just. They are simply an expression of political loathing – magnified by a corrupt and crippled media an increasingly undemocratic parliament and a handful of millionaires with specific agendas, strongly tainted by fascist world views. Their loathing is turned against the world and against our nearest neighbours most of all. But do not make the mistake of thinking that it does not also inevitably condemn us at home. The poor, the sick, the old, the refugees, the immigrants, the non-white,the non-Christian, the non-compliant – these are all citizens of Nowhere … A post EU Britain may involve a collapse of peace in Northern Ireland, an unpredictable progress towards an independent Scotland, aplunge further to the right in England and Wales, searing levels of poverty and pain – all kinds of potential mass turmoil.”
On the day we hear that Donald Trump has abandoned the future Kennedy concludes:
“Denial of the world is a manifestation of permanent culture shock, of a narcissism, which has become pathological. It echoes with the anxieties of public schoolboys banished from their parents and taught they’re entitled to rule without effort and to lookon love as weakness. The rhetoric of Brexit, matches that of our mass media and of our small but influential Far Right. It relies on a silent assumption that somehow Britain will soon have access to a time machine and a world-beating navy. Each morning our headlines bring grubby little telegrams from an age when Britain owned the world and could colour enough nations pink for round-the-globe proof of our specialness. When you have no love, ownership must suffice. White men have burdens – and everyone else must carry them. The only option for writers of all orientations and genders, all races, all religions and none must be to resist this.”
Also in this issue: Neil Cooper on the ongoing attack on live music in the capital; Hugh MacDonald interviews Robert Craig of the Scottish Football Museum about how unlocking memories of the beautiful game in Scotland are at the cutting edge of dementia therapy; From Dawn till Dusk with director and playwright Cora Bissett; a look ahead to the Fringe’s Made In Scotland showcase; What’s on in Scotland this month with Nadine McBay; and Five-Minute Tea Break with composer, painter, performer and producer Ela Orleans.
— The National (@ScotNational) June 1, 2017
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