ECHOES OF JOHN OSBORNE – AND THE GREAT IN BRITAIN. |
But WHO really runs the dwindling empire ?
You might as well ask, but if British common sense and Logic has anything to do with it, anyone could hazard a guess as to where the national driver is. Could it be a temporary glitch or perhaps the storm before the rainbow ? Only the Crown can tell and I cannot help wondering that even our source of inspiration may not be too sure where the ultimate gear levers really are. A sad state of affairs. Anyone with a reasonably functional brain would no doubt endorse that in view of the increasingly strident, if not unusual clamour, from most sections of today´s society. But it is not just a national cry of anguish. Elements foreign to the once pinnacle of international example, that Britain always was, make an ugly appearance (and surprisingly take root) against all odds. It is perhaps the cry of a sense of isolation that frightens those brought up to values which made sense of life and lively pursuit.
John Osborne was probably right all along and maybe he should not have capitulated to the nostalgia that tugs at the lapels incessantly with threats of eternal damnation, if like Whittington the Briton does not come home. Britain may have it right, in fact the Foreign Office might even know what it is doing, but the end results are beginning to look like that extraordinary wave that appears to loom way above in trawling days. British concepts, like fair play, respect for others, goods, wives and opinions may mean little to the Yuppism that the beloved Margaret brought in for some good reason, perhaps, but why, once ushered it should be allowed to break every ethical code in the gentle pursuit of success or destruction for its own sake, is a mystery. Maybe it has mysteriously got hold of the wheel with its built-in ethos that everything goes, in the race for cheap achievement. The denial of gained cultural values and meaningful existence is cast aside rather than implies giving in to anything that spoils the fun.
Recently, a helpless little pony, fresh from giving years of fun and laughter if not its unyielding back to hundreds of good and bad, patiently keeps the rifle held by a sick member of a degenerate abattoir, firmly against its own head. The ugly instrument of man´s control of fate fires it deadly charge, it would seem not once or twice in tremulous reluctance, but hundreds of times against creatures only a God could have designed and lent us for our pleasure and exercise of Love. The sounds of glee and riotous fun – those that gave it everything to live for, now silent, now gone in the evil gloom of that dingy, death glorifying, God forsaken, hole. He-she was probably not so old but cast aside as other needs and toys took their place. The pretence that there was no more life to work for - no need to feed and perhaps glean a few Judean coins from - now hollow and strangely still. Seconds later as the filthy photographs which injured millions of simple souls for ever, showed our angelic martyr fall to the ground, assaulted like some fiend with the sharp knives that would drain its precious blood.No final respect or act of tribute but hooks to hang and quarter from unseemingly. A crude and stupid denial of life. Pain, unable to express itself physically but resonating in every tingling nerve of its still beautiful body may have hopefully and instantly gone with its soul.
Many, unwittingly and sacrilegiously ate part of that divine creature whose only guilt was to seek solace in the world of degrading men. Could it mean that all living creatures who share the same fate are no longer as capable of offering their own flesh economically and hence this equal but unnecessary barbarity. Perhaps at last, like all things putrid and satanic,which litter our past, will one day go and release us for the better and greater increase of respect for a life, that even now despite our spaceships, we are resigned not to ever understand.How can we ? But perhaps all this is just a reflection of deeper illnesses which affect a society that was and incredibly still is, the envy of many of its European partners which cannot bring it down to make it pay for all those generations of example that shamed them. Perhaps it is too late, but there is something to be said for those stalwarts who react admirably when placed with their backs to the wall.
Perhaps the institutional filters if not the ones at the main gate, may rediscover the purpose for which they were put there after centuries of labour and strife. Perhaps it can be done without sacrificing any principles that took them to those heights of human values that made some stand out so differently from the others. Perhaps it´s all a dream and not something caught between sleep and wake. Perhaps those who like me, belong to an older world of simple values that do not bend with expediency or opportunity, can be allowed to take the wheel awhile and show that elitism is not a sin, but a matter of survival.
Since this article was written, pony meat has continued to infiltrate the glossy stands of European department stores like the Spanish "Corte Inglés" which does little to enhance anglo saxon thoughts on the matter. The store, the most prominent in Spain, has been bought by the Santander Group which is now owned by an international consortium and which has very few Spanish investors. The shareholdings of the original family who owned it, add up to no more than 2% and the Spanish assets produce less than 12% of the global income. The founder, caught out on a number of questionable practices, according to the international press and faced with judicial action, brought the group to its knees and dumped most if not all of the family interests in it in a panic motivated action which caused the shares to free fall and reduce the screaming shareholders to total loss.
Michael Mifsud was a House of Commons Commonwealth correspondent at the age of 16. He published Britain´s first trade journal for Drivers and became the youngest full member of the Commonwealth Press Union sharing platforms with the press barons of the day. He traveled with the Royal family for over a decade as a member of a press team,becoming much sought after on matters of Monarchy by the media. He had his own TV programme on culture and art (as a keen art collector and investigator)in Marbella,Spain and has recently published a very successful book on the nature of the unique people of Andalusia,called, Al Andalus - a trail of Discovery. He has been the subject of TV interviews in Spain and the UK on Princess Diana (whom he knew before she married)the Templars of which he became a very senior executive and royal exiles whom he met regularly as a director of the Monarchist League of Great Britain. Reuters recently featured him in an exclusive interview on Templars on the eve of the da Vinci premiere which was seen worldwide and was a an important contributor to the controversial books, Holy Blood and Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy in which he is also interviewed. He is mentioned in others like The Sword and the Grail as an interpreter of the real meaning behind the Templar battle cry. His research over 30 years on the Knights and the symbolism is disquieting and unpublished. He was included in the 500 most "inspirative" people in the world - according to the American Academic BWW society for the advancement of Peace and which has gone into official political agency and government libraries throughout the world. He delivered a paper on the failing role of the world press in Paris as an official delegate of the organisation and published two well received papers on Culture and Globalisation. He has been offered an editorial seat on the board which advises its academic members throughout the world. He is a proud Freeman of the City of London and holds Polish, Serbian and Afghanistani decorations gleaned during his early Templar life in London. Pre-retirment business interests included publishing,professional academies, airline operating, airport carparks and hotels. retirement will be spent on getting all outstanding books out on the market.
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