John Donne

Thoughts On The Referendum From John Donne

‘No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main;

if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were;

Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;

It tolls for thee.’

John Donne, Meditation XVII
English clergyman & poet (1572 – 1631)


And another thing he said in his poem “Song”

‘ Goe, and catche a falling starre

Get with child a mandrake roote

Tell me, where all past yeares are,

Or who cleft the Divels foot

Teach me to hear mermaids singing,

Or to keep off envies stinging,

And finde

What winde

Serves to advance an honest minde.’

The self-serving career ambitions of Boris Johnson (who clearly never expected a Leave result, seeking merely to enhance his profile for a future leadership contest), and  the despicable demagogue and liar Farage, have just brought the country to a halt.

The honest, but badly presented Remain campaign was labelled scare-mongering.  However its salient predictions have already come to pass.

The rest of us are shafted.  Too many people thought they heard mermaids singing.








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One comment

  1. I believe in China it’s a curse to say “May you live in interesting times.” Clearly the electorate has cursed us. Still, as my fondly-recalled guru used to say (or rather sing): “Que sera sera”!

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