"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 8 April 2011

Kaiser Van Rompuy

A film has been made about the events leading up to the creation of the office of President of Europe and Van Rompuy's subsequent selection.   I bet they'll be camping out overnight on the pavements for advanced tickets for that one when it shows at the local Odeon; it might even win the EU's own Lux Cinema Prize.

Towards the end of the article there's this little gem which put me in mind of "sweaty nightcaps" and  "stinking breath":
For his part, Herman Van Rompuy, the man who eventually became EU president, notes how he turned down the post three times.  But in the end, faced with 26 other leaders urging him to take the job, he gave in.
I was reminded of Casca describing the scene to Brutus in Julius Caesar where Caesar refuses the Crown:
"I can as well be hanged as tell the manner of it:
it was mere foolery; I did not mark it. I saw Mark
Antony offer him a crown; yet 'twas not a crown
neither, 'twas one of these coronets; and, as I told
you, he put it by once: but, for all that, to my
thinking, he would fain have had it. Then he
offered it to him again; then he put it by again:
but, to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his
fingers off it. And then he offered it the third
time; he put it the third time by..."
After Caesar refused the crown, didn't he take upon himself the title "Dictator Perpetuo", dictator for life?

Just Friday afternoon musings.


  1. And Caesar's fate was? Well, we can but live in hope of a repeat.........

  2. Everything comes to he who waits, Mr W :-)


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