Breaking: Gotcha!? – King Lear to appear before Select Committee

I have read Shakespeare’s  King Lear several times. On a desert island it might not be my first choice of a ripping read – but many will have seen surreal and serendipitous resemblances to the performance of Murdoch Snr and Murdoch Jnr at yesterday’s ‘tour de force’ before the Culture Select Committee.  It is amazing how broadly educated PR advisers are these days?  Who can say – but it was a remarkable performance.

Wikipedia notes… King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, considered to be one of his greatest dramatic masterpieces. The title character descends into madness after foolishly disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all.”

Two quotations come to mind…

  • “Rumble thy bellyful! Spit, fire! Spout, rain!
    Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters:
    I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness;
    I never gave you kingdom, called you children,
    You owe me no subscription: then, let fall
    Your horrible pleasure; here I stand, your slave,
    A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man.”
    – William Shakespeare, King Lear, 3.2.14
  • “No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.”
    – William Shakespeare, King Lear, 3.2.37

(Pic:  John Gielgud doing the biz as King Lear many years ago)

I continue on my quest to write about matters other than law… for a few more days….. a holiday is a rare thing for me these days.  Today I shall holiday.  I may even have a few glasses of vino rosso as I holiday.

The real coverage is extensive…. and needs no input from me…on my holiday.

5 thoughts on “Breaking: Gotcha!? – King Lear to appear before Select Committee

  1. So Uriah Murdoch is ever so ‘umble…

    No doubt all will be happy to take his display as genuine humility as opposed to – say – carefully coached damage limitation. Perish such a cynical thought.

    So name another day in Murdoch’s long life when he has displayed humility.

    Me neither.

    Also, how long will the doddery, not quite with it octogenarian gig last? Are we to be treated to a variant on the inexplicxable cure of Ernest Saunders, somehow inexplicably recovered from Alzheimers after successfully appealing his sentence (credited at the time by Private Eye as due to the miraculous waters of Ford Open Prison).

    Now there’s an idea. Murdoch packed off to Ford Open Prison…

  2. Oh and why…

    Okay, I know it’s not cross examination – well it is really.

    …can’t the members of the CMS select committee – with the partial exception of Tom Watson – cross-examine their way out of a paper bag. Helpful suggestion for future use: when given a vague, waffly answer press for specifics. Then keep pressing until the miscreant – sorry witness – runs out of vague waffle. Keep it short. Say when appropriate ‘I’d hope that was a simple enough question’.

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