As the phone hacking scandal threatens to embroil ever more members of the fourth estate, the Metropolitan police and Westminster village, exposing more people’s lack of morals every day, the great unwashed lie in wait like patient hunters for the eventual big kill. All those made redundant at the News of The World have something in common with the rest of us as we daily expect the comeuppance for the ex Mrs Ross Kemp.
She was born in Daresbury, Cheshire a small village famous previously for being the birthplace of one Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll – author of Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass. This coincidence led me to think of some other parallels between this phone hacking affair and the dark and murky children’s story.
The cast of both have much in common and seem interchangeable, let us begin with the part of the Red Queen and who else for this role but another flame-haired fury, the uber networking slapper of Mitchells.
Next on the credits list, we would have James Murdoch as the Mad Hatter:
And then nailed on for the Jabberwocky is Rupert Murdoch – where’s a Vorpal Sword when you need one:
Lewis Carroll wrote of the White Rabbit: “I think the White Rabbit should wear spectacles. I’m sure his voice should quaver, and his knees quiver, and his whole air suggest a total inability to say ‘Boo’ to a goose!”
Overall, the White Rabbit seems to shift back and forth between pompous behavior toward his underlings, such as his servants, and grovelling, obsequious behavior toward his superiors, such as the Duchess and King and Queen of Hearts.
Right Mr Andy Coulson , you fit the bill – grow them ears:
The Cheshire Cat with it’s ability to it appear and disappear at will, engaging Alice in amusing but sometimes vexing conversation can only be Ed Miliband:
The Dormouse is always falling asleep waking up every so often, for example to say:`You might just as well say,’ added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, `that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe”!’
Eventually the Hatter and the March Hare put his head in a teapot. He later appears, equally sleepy, at the Knave of Hearts’ trial and voices resentment at Alice for growing.
Gordon Brown is reported to have said in some restaurant in Notting Hill that it was his turn to be the Dormouse:
In Alice in Wonderland, there is the Lobster Quadrille, a dance involving all manner of species reminds us of all the journos, policemen and politicians dancing together in parasitical and incestuous formation:
“Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail,
“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle—will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Who might play Alice? What about Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee? And the March Hare? Suggestions on a postcard to Mellorview comments.
Just while I was putting this post together, Rebekah has graciously stepped down…..
……………….cue the Wizard of Oz Munchkins, Ding Dong….