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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 3, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    Beckett to win British election

    Fiona McCann

    Ok, not quite. But look, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has written a pithy little piece for the Guardian about his hero, our own Samuel Beckett. “It’s that willingness to question the things the rest of us take for granted that I admire most about Beckett; the courage to ask questions that are dangerous because, if the traditions and meanings we hold so dear turn out to be false, what do we do then?” Would it sway your vote? And if Clegg aspires to the Beckettian, what in the world might Cameron and Brown be aspiring to, literarily speaking?

    • It would sway my vote, even if I suspected it to be untrue. I must be shallow. Driving back the road today, I spotted a large turf-stack covered by a huge canvas current poster of David Cameron, and I’m stil marveling at it.

    • robespierre says:

      Voting – its like giving birth astride the grave but there again… I must go on…

    • Daithi says:

      I would imagine Brown’s would be some boring journalist from the Economist and Camerons’ would be the literary great, Sarah Palin.

    • Fiona says:

      PFW: You would be shallow if he had chosen Robert Pattison as his hero, and that had swayed you. I think the Beckett susceptibility makes you profound. Mind you, if Cameron on a turf stack moves you, I have little hope.

      Robespierre: Excellent use of Beckett. Top marks.

      Daithi: Ha! Sarah Palin! Samuel versus Palin – we could have a literary death match of sorts. Excellent!

    • tony says:

      moronic nihilist appealing to the air-headed and brain dead

    • kynos says:

      He did master the fascination of the banal for the masses. So did the Nazis but not in a good way.

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