Monday 23 April 2018

'Send in the Clowns' the perfect Requiem for Brexit ceremony

British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Any day now Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker will want a suitable Requiem to bury Brexit. If they choose to do it with some ceremony, they could do worse than 'channel' the spirit of Frank Sinatra. In 1973 (the year the UK joined the EEC) the old crooner topped the charts with 'Send in the Clowns'. The theme of the ballad was a very painful and costly divorce between two old lovers.

Forty five years on and this dirge could top the charts again, - if not in London, then most certainly in Brussels! This is because the theme and lyrics are so strangely prescient and prophetic today.

Just listen to a typical verse: "Don't you love farce?/My fault I fear/I thought that you'd want, what I want…/Sorry my dear!/But where are the Clowns?/Quick! Send in the Clowns!/Don't bother! They're here"!

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