Above, Nigel Farage in the EU Parliament yesterday drawing attention to the huge problems caused by Turkey. The British Gazette paraphrases the line “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” for the title of today’s article for the parallels that can be drawn from the play and our present situation (for detail, see the bottom of the article).
The situation outlined by Nigel in his speech above is part of a corrupt decaying political structure across Europe, to which the situation in Syria is linked.
In the Commons debate on Syrian intervention (by the RAF) yesterday several MPs made the point that the supplies of arms and money to IS should be stopped. To which of course those advocating military actions replied, “of course.”
There is however no “of course” about it! This is because it appears that the oil produced by the oil wells under IS control is purchased by traders in Turkey, who presumably supply IS arms. Turkey it seems has made a Faustian Pact with IS that they allow IS to get away with things and in return IS do not cause trouble in Turkey.
For more of this claim, GOTO: http://www.mail.com/int/news/europe/3991134-russia-turkish-president-benefits-oil-trade.html#.1272-stage-hero1-15
For more information about IS, GOTO: http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2014/09/world/isis-explained/
What we are witnessing is a fracturing and a remaking of the continent of Europe in a new image. The western European countries of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK have for many years now have had high levels of Muslim immigration and these countries now have large Muslim minorities whose rate of growth (via immigration and births) exceeds the indigenous population. France’s Muslim population comes predominantly from North and West Africa. Germany’s Muslim population comes predominantly from Turkey, the Netherlands’s Muslim population comes predominantly from Indonesia and the UK’s Muslim population comes predominantly from Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The addition of Turkey into the European Union with its 75 million predominantly Muslim population will tip the balance in the EU significantly towards being a Muslim continent.
This does not however mean that the whole of Europe is going to become populated by Muslims!
What we do know is that the EU countries of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia are NOT going to accept any significant Muslim immigration.
Alongside this development we will see that Russia and the Ukraine, even if they do not see eye to eye on anything else, do not want to see Muslim migration. This of course will be a fault line of the future. It is therefore entirely possible that we could see another realignment on the European continent with the Baltic states having to make an invidious choice (for them) between a Islamic influenced Western Europe or a resurgent Christian Russia.
Of course those countries of Western Europe will be plagued by instances of terrorism and Islamic extremism. Of course such will only represent a very small minority of the Muslims in many of these countries, with the great majority of Muslims opposed to such violence and extremism.
Representatives of the majority Muslim communities – the so called “Community Leaders” – will of course call for measures to help “alleviate community tensions” which will mean an increasing accommodation of Islamic customs.
Whilst this is going on we will of course see a ghettoisation of areas within these countries as non Muslim populations move out of areas witnessing Muslim influxes. An increase in inter community tensions will become inevitable as the secular Western communities find themselves the objects of scorn by Muslim extremists/militants.
Insofar as the UK is concerned there must at some point be a fracturing of the support by the Left in British politics for militant Muslim politics as the two are fundamentally irreconcilable.
For those interested in detail: The line spoken by Marcellus (and not Hamlet as is commonly believed) in Act 1 Scene 4 and is of course one of the most well known lines of Shakespeare.
As many British Gazette readers will know, shortly before midnight, Hamlet meets Horatio on the battlements of the castle. They wait together in the darkness. From below they hear the sound of the men in the castle laughing and dancing riotously; the King draining his “draughts of Rhenish down.” Hamlet explains to Horatio his dislike of such behaviour. To Hamlet, drinking to excess has ruined the whole nation, which is known abroad as a land full of drunken swine.
Horatio spots the Ghost of Hamlet’s father approaching. Hamlet calls out to the Ghost and it beckons Hamlet to leave with it. Despite the pleadings of Horatio and Marcellus, who are afraid that the apparition might be an evil entity in disguise, Hamlet agrees to follow the Ghost and the two figures disappear into the dark.
Marcellus, shaken by the many recent disturbing events and no doubt angered (as is Hamlet) by Claudius’s mismanagement of the body politic, astutely notes that Denmark is festering with moral and political corruption. Horatio replies “Heaven will direct it,” meaning heaven will guide the state of Denmark to health and stability.
OK then, which characters in the play represent who in the present day? You ask Dear Reader.
How about: Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark (Donald Tusk, President of the European Council?) the son to the late King Hamlet; and nephew to the present King Claudius.
Claudius (Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission?), the King of Denmark, elected to the throne after the death of his brother, King Hamlet. Claudius has married Gertrude (Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany?), his brother’s widow.
Horatio (David Cameron, Prime Minister?) is a good friend of Hamlet, from the university at Wittenberg, who came to Elsinore Castle to attend King Hamlet’s funeral.
Marcellus (Nigel Farage) who is a sentry (guard) at Elsinore Castle.