You know, I am a bit of a Hollywood movie buff and there have been some real classics out there. Think of Bogey and Bergman who’ll “always have Paris”. Think of Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab in Moby Dick. Or think “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” in 1974’s blockbuster Jaws.
Sometimes when I read the papers these days, especially when I read about the Eurozone crisis, I feel a déjà-vu approaching. Why, you might ask, and the reason is rather simple. Bogey and Bergman remind me of Sarkozy and Merkel – a love story in the heart of the Eurozone much to the dismay of others. Then there is Mr Cameron, who recently angered European leaders by vetoing the plans Bogey and Bergman (sic) had in mind. By vetoing the EU, captain Cameron and his ship HMS Great Britain have embarked on a lonely journey in a big ocean, and hopefully they’ll not share Captain Quint’s fate who realised too late that he’s “gonna need a bigger boat”.
Mind you, it’s not all about the Eurozone in my movies. The recent elections in Russia for example smells a bit like the movie Enron? And the expense claim scandal in the UK? The Social Network?
It’s actually not all that funny. With Cameron vetoing the EU, he might have shown that the British bulldog still bites, and the Brussels poodle is not based in the City. But can the British bulldog muddle through the crisis alone? John Donne said “no man is an island every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main”. It seems to me that the UK dangerously misinterpreted this (and I am not referencing a movie here even though it hits me like an iceberg).
On the positive side, the world has always managed to sort itself out, just like in the movies. Nothing is just “Gone with the wind”, and we are not yet seeing “Armageddon”, but there will most definitely be a “Day after tomorrow”. So rest assured that we’ll all still be here in the future (as any Star Trek captain’s log proves) and have many more “Breakfasts at Tiffany’s”. After all, even Arnold Schwarzenegger is certain of the future – “I’ll be back” – or was that Berlusconi?