2005年04月26日

旧ソ連の人から見た現在の英国。

ウクライナ(旧USSR、念のため)の小説家、Andrei Kurkovが、ガーディアンに書いてる記事。
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/election/
story/0,15803,1470260,00.html


全部読みたいのだが、あいにくその時間的余裕がまだない。→とか書いてるうちに読め、と自分でも思ったんで、読んだ。I imagine the Conservatives in Liverpool have an underground operationとか、吹き出すような箇所もあり、読みやすい。「彼らがUSSRで夢見たデモクラシーは」って感じ。私にはnothing new、というか、英国もそうなっちゃったのか的感覚。そうなりそうでならないところが一番の魅力だったのだけどね。えーと、引用:
Ever since [=Ever since the author's first visit to the UK in 1988], my regular trips to the UK have forced me to notice two clear trends: ever-increasing prices and the gradual disappearance of that subtle and, at times, black humour.
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This visit has convinced me that it is time to put a protection order on the British sense of humour, because otherwise it will remain only in the history books and works of literature. I have tried to work out what is responsible for this disappearance. Is it global warming, crime or illegal immigration? Is it the drug problem or the MRSA bug? Or is there a specific political force behind this phenomenon? I seem to remember that humour was on the wane already during the Thatcher era, then it faded still more under John Major, and under Tony Blair it is clearly on its last legs. So, if politics is responsible, the Conservatives and Labour must share the blame. I don't think the Lib Dems have anything to do with it. Perhaps you think I am joking. No. It's a fact. People in England laugh less now and, what is more important, they have stopped laughing at the politicians. This does not mean that the public have started to take politics and politicians seriously. No. It just means that policies have become so blurred and, at once, so obvious that the British public has lost all interest in it.
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The author's talking about so-called political apathy, innit? A real global thing.

ウクライナといえば1月にこんな記事があったのだけどこの件はその後どうなったのか、不明。っつーかUKIPのニュースは特に気づかない。
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