Early this year I posed myself an awful conundrum: if I could choose one outcome of the two, Trump in the White House or Britain leaving the EU, which one would it be? Either alternative seemed too ghastly to contemplate; the choice would be between pure self-interest, or the greater good of the planet.
But, Richard Dawkins take note, what has happened is the ultimate proof that God exists, and furthermore, he has a wicked sense of humour. For what other possible interpretation can be placed on events, than that God has had enough of mankind’s selfishness and inhumanity to his fellow creature, and has sent Trump and Farage down to earth like two latter-day reincarnations of Mephistopheles in order to sow confusion and dissension and cause as much disruption to human affairs as possible. I can make no other sense of it.
Today I joined the ‘Friends of the British Library’. I reasoned that the very least I could do was to make a minor contribution to a peerless resource that I have used dozens of times over the years. One of the giveaways on joining was a postcard with an illustration by Mervyn Peake from Alice in Wonderland. It shows a grotesque Mad Hatter, being gazed at in adoration by the March Hare, the latter wearing an expression of sublime, cretinous satisfaction. They both appear to be leaning on the Dormouse who is thankfully asleep. It seems such an apt metaphor for Trump, Farage and the United Kingdom…
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