Come, come, elder brother, you are too young in this.

October 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

 I saw As You Like It last week at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. I know this play fairly well, but seeing it in the wake of the Miliband affair made me realise how much it’s a play about brothers. The above quote is spoken by Orlando when his big brother is being – well, a sh*t to him. The context is that the elder bro is the one with the power and money and he won’t let Orlando in on any of it.

That’s not the only bit of sibling rivalry though. The rightful Duke has been usurped by his brother and has scarpered to the Forest of Arden to live in harmony with nature. (It’s probably Shakespeare’s greenest play – see my Quote of the Week from 7 Oct – though you can make a case for the Dream). Both the bad brothers see the error of their ways and it all ends happily.

 Years of watching Venus and Serena has sharpened my awareness of how hard it must be to relate to your sibling out in the big wide world. For my money, Milband Minor did better with this challenge than Mili Major. David couldn’t quite cope with Ed’s public protestations of love for him and of course one can’t help but notice that, despite saying he’d serve in an Ed Shadow cabinet, he’s doing no such thing. In fairness to David, he was supposed to be a shoo-in and anyone would be miffed with the rival who came up on the rails and snatched victory.  Yet again, the Bard was there a few hundred years before any of us!

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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