Bearing the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune

Missive at The Independent about totally over-the-top Shakespeare fanboys getting their codpieces in a twist over the movie “Anonymous” :


While the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust may be attempting to “bear the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and by opposing end them” when it comes to “Anonymous”, there is something a bit worryingly over-the-top about their reaction to what is, after all, just a silly movie.

They claim that they are concerned that people who don’t know Shakespeare might take the movie too seriously and believe that instead of an amusing diversion, it might be true. So they are rushing around the place taping up the bard’s name and image.

Remind me again who might be taking it all far too seriously? I mean, it’s not as if the Danish have started drawing cartoons of William, is it?

Paul Harper


Having now seen, and very much enjoyed, the film the whiners moaning seems even more pathetic. It’s a cracking story, where Shakespeare is actually a fairly minor character – perhaps that’s where their ire stems from? It’s probably as historically accurate as “Shakespeare in Love” or “Elizabeth” but that doesn’t stop it being a very entertaining story and well worth seeing.

Rabid Tory MPs Misguided on Liam Fox

Rant at The Independent after nauseating Tory MPs try to smother the Liam Fox scandal by hiding him behind our troops:


I am getting sick and tired of rabid right-wing Tory MPs hiding behind our troops when it comes to getting answers about Liam Fox. “What would the troops in Afghanistan think about all this fuss over a business card?” they ask self-righteously.

Why not ask the question “What would the troops in Afghanistan think if the Defence Minister used the conflict that has killed hundreds of them, and maimed thousands, to make money for his best friend?”.

They seem strangely quiet on that one. I wonder why… Thank God we have a free media that is able to ask things like that.

Paul Harper