We are entering a renaissance. According to all the wonderful world
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of news, politics, culture, music and economy, 'Cool Britannia' is
echoing throughout the halls of Brussels.
Confused? I am, and I live in the Capital.
The French/German Axis has given way to an Anglo Axis, of one voice.
European politics for the past thirty years has been dominated by
Frnech and German agenda, and everyone has been listening to it,
until now. Apparently, everyone is accessing the virtues of a
British economic model, English has displaced French as the voice of
trade, industry and politics on the Continent.
But is it stale inside?
The SouthEast of England has one of the highest property and land
values in the world, the average house price reached a whopping
£285,000 in London alone. With one and a half dollars on average to
the pound work out the math.
But what has it been built on.
With British troops distributed throughout the Far East and more
specifically Iraq, how could we possibly be in a renaissance? Yes,
wonderful, we have the lowest unemployment in Europe, yes we have the
fifth largest economy in the world, yet we are at WAR!!!
The glee with which our broadsheet news announced this epic tale made
my little personal stomach churn. Trust me I'm happy we are doing
well, but in all areas? I don't think so.
We have a government making decisions bordering the absurd, and yet
it is remarkable how distant the population has become from it's own
political institution. We have turned our backs, worked hard,
claimed victory in our cultural lives, and forgotten what is
The same paradox that shapes our views on our own history over the
past two thousand years is happening again. We are looking once more
on a Golden Cultural Age of spreading influence on the European
Continent, and ignoring some of the grass root reasons for it. Our
alliance with the War on Terror. We have returned to the Victorian
Age and ideal, all is fair in home and empire.
Ask not what you can do to poetry, but what poetry can do to you.