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If only we could be like the animals, unaware of this year's pains. But we would lose the joys | Ian Jack

23.12.2017
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We are going to hell in a handcart. But turtles, tearooms and inspired editors can still lift our spiritsIn the year of his death I have tried and failed to follow the advice of my friend Alexander Chancellor, who decided that his poultry and his dog offered an exemplary approach to Brexit. At his house in Northamptonshire, he noticed that his Jack Russell and his hens and ducks lived "in blissful unawareness" of the referendum. While the result had left him depressed, they simply soldiered on. "They care not what is happening in the world, so long as they have enough to eat and enough space in which to peck and play," he wrote in the Spectator soon after the vote. "They don't even care if Iceland beats England at football. Birds and animals just get on with their lives as best they can, whatever circumstances they find themselves in. They aren't given to moods. They don't care whether they control their country; they don't even know what country they are in."I like the thought of these friendly beasts clucking, barking and generally minding their own business in Alexander's garden, while a troop of unlikely prophets - Jacob Rees-Mogg, Liam Fox, Boris Johnson, Paul Dacre, David Davis - stalk among them distributing leaflets that promise better food in more splendid surroundings just over the hill. Naturally, these fifth-rate Moseses have no luck - leaflets can't be eaten - and soon the racket of disappointed barking and clucking drives them back across the fields towards the cold, waiting waters of the Grand Union canal. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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