Fools' Gold

Fools' Gold

A sequel to Fools’ Paradise (Brexit during the May years), about the first months of Boris Johnson’s premiership and the 2019 General Election.

Fools' Gold

A sequel to Fools’ Paradise (Brexit during the May years), about the first months of Boris Johnson’s premiership and the 2019 General Election.

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Dec 2, 2022
978-1-78904-587-1

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English, irish, scottish, welsh, European, Great britain

Synopsis

In Fools’ Paradise Nicholas Hagger presented the UK’s attempt to leave the EU under Prime Minister Theresa May in terms of the voyage of Sebastian Brant’s 1494 Ship of Fools heading with a mutinous crew for the illusory, nonexistent paradise of Narragonia. His mock-heroic satirical poem on the political chaos surrounding the most important UK decision since the Second World War is in rhymed heroic couplets, in the tradition of Dryden and Pope.

In this sequel, Fools’ Gold, Hagger focuses on the beginning of Boris Johnson’s premiership, the promises that won him the 2019 General Election with an 80-seat majority, and his removal of the UK from the EU, only to be engulfed by the deadly Covid pandemic which has devastated the UK economy. Hagger describes the catastrophic national events in heroic blank verse, which befits the darkening mood. The UK public has been promised a new Golden Age, an age of plenty, and it remains to be seen whether there will be prosperity for all - gold - now that the UK is facing colossal debt outside the EU, or whether the promises will turn out to be worthless iron pyrites: fools’ gold.

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