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Act I, Scene II. A public place.

The Great Leader

Flourish. Enter CAESAR; ANTONY, for the course; CALPURNIA, PORTIA, DECIUS BRUTUS, CICERO, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, and CASCA; a great crowd following, among them a Soothsayer.

20 comments to Act I, Scene II. A public place.

  • Natalie Solent (Essex)

    Angela Eagle is the one at the bottom right of the picture.

  • Paul Marks

    Mr Corbyn’s supporters are now trying to reinvent him as a moderate.

    Mention that Mr Corbyn has supported totalitarian regimes his whole life (and terrorist movements such as the IRA) and his supporters go nuts.

    Mr Corbyn is a nice man, Mr Corbyn is a good man…….

    Absurd – but this is the deception the left is trying to pull off.

  • ZIL

    And who would be the soothsayer? I don’t see the Archbishop of Canterbury there… but then again, he would be The Druid, and their were no druids in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar that I remember. Of course, one never knows what the London Theatre/Parliement is up to until the reviews come out.

  • Natalie Solent (Essex)

    ZIL, I cannot assign roles to everyone there, not least because Caesar yet lives. My main reason for this post was simply that I love looking at the expressions in that picture, especially in the light of subsequent events. It looks like Kim Jong Un coming to inspect a fish factory, and Angela Eagle is the general who is shortly going to be executed by anti-aircraft fire. There is a reddit called “Accidental Renaissance” in which redditors post photographs that would make good Renaissance paintings. Someone should post it there.

  • Corbyn, like Caesar, is surrounded with enemies.

    Angela Eagle is not Brutus, she is a distraction, a meaningless dupe playing the role of assassin.

    Tom Watson is no Mark Anthony, having kept his distance so that he cannot be directly blamed. He will not dip his hands in the blood, nor stand over the wounded corpse with dagger in hand. His weapon is measured indifference and he has used it to great effect.

    Corbyn is the court jester who believes that because the dying king placed the crown on his head then he is truly king. A fool who does not see he is a fool is to be pitied, but still sent back to sleep in the sty with the pigs, his intellectual superiors.

    …and oh, how the gods do laugh!

  • Mr Ed

    The Labour Party is now run by Communists-in-all-but-name. They have the party and the brand, and when their power’s game’s a game no more, they will long their chance to use it. The Parliamentary Labour Party are now like Kalinin under Stalin, weeping with grief and powerlessness as they are required to follow the Leader’s diktats. And the Left will purge them from their constituency parties and replace them with loyalists, who may well be voted into power.

    It is not Corbyn who is in peril, it is all of us.

  • Nope Mr. Ed, because a Labour party that is too far from the centre is unelectable as a government.

    The Momentum group want a Labour Party that represents them, i.e. purged of Blairites and this is the best route to oblivion for Labour that can be hoped for.

    I will be voting for Comrade Corbyn in the leadership elections.

  • Mr Ed


    Many people vote Labour come what May (forgive that one), nearly 10,000 voted for one convicted fraudster in the last GE in Wellingborough. I am very concerned that Mr Corbyn might just make it, trailing on the legacy of the Labour brand. Uncharted waters lie ahead.

  • Nope Mr. Ed.

    Not in the vaguest hopes of Comrade Corbyn is that ever likely to happen and after the electoral reforms of 2018 it will become even harder.

    Labour have long jumped the shark and my only question is whether UKIP can mop-up the “Leave” support across the Northern counties of England to make a long term political platform and cast Labour into the Outer Darkness.

    Only time will tell and Theresa May knows well enough not to play her cards before she is ready. In 2020 things should be about right, with the post-BRExit boom just getting under full steam.

  • Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker!) Gray

    As I recall, Basil Fawlty never liked Europe. So June 23 could be called ‘Basil Fawlty Day. If he’d been real, he’d have voted for ‘leave’.

  • Mr Ed

    I know that socialists are prone to making wild smears, but sometimes they over-reach themselves.

    Eagle tries to carry off Australian boy

  • Dr Evil

    Mr Corbyn is a man of principles. If you don’t like them, well he has others. IRA apologist and friend of Islamic terrorist groups. I’m sure he doesn’t like Israel (code for…..) either.

  • Ljh

    I think they all brought butter knives.

  • Watchman

    Dr Evil,

    I don’t think Mr Corbyn could change his principles, as he doesn’t seem to have done (other than adding a few more around identity politics) since about 1980…

    I do like the fact that his supporters are promoting the word ‘decent’ about him though – wonder how long that will hold up in an election campaign?

  • Cal

    There’s no analogy. Caesar was important. The people in this picture, however now have the same level of importance as Tim Farron.

  • Roue le Jour

    Meanwhile, over at the Conservative Party, they have just clasped an asp to their collective bosom.

  • Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker!) Gray

    The puns will just keep on coming- one of May’s new ministers is rumoured to be called Priti Patel. Let’s hope she’s priti good at her job! (Chuckle, chuckle)

  • Mr Ed

    A horse! A horse! My Kingdom, run by a horse!’.

  • Julie near Chicago


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