Really quite amazing when an Old Etonian cannot translate “Magna Carta” into English, and as if there wasn’t a ready available clue in the magnums of champagne that his mates in the city have been known to swill? Yes, David Cameron failing David Letterman’s history test might add fuel to the suspicion that what we are dealing with here is a very limited intellect with a somewhat limited education.
Still, the British Prime Minister has promised to “brush up on his history”, while at the same time apologising for his poor performance and informing us that he is a “history obsessive”. Of course, even post “brush up“, David’s historical knowledge, at best, be a slightly improved dates and places variety a la “When did the second world war start?”, or “Where was the treaty of Versailles signed?” Clue to the last question, David, it was signed in a place near Paris.
There will be no analysis of history, there will be no asking very simple questions in order to address issues that have to be solved and there will be no lessons learned. Of course, there cannot be and the British Prime Minister is just another useful idiot, albeit an extremely comfortable and cocky one, who is in place to keep a whole shebang in place until the real historical forces catch up with it and the real history is not taking place in Whitehall or Capitol Hill, but rather on the streets of Madrid and Athens. Yes, Obama, Cameron et al, they are about as essential to history as Alexander Kerensky was, and his name could easily have been Joe Smith, or Smthsky, …. well, a Karl Marx or a Leon Trotsky, he certainly wasn’t.