Will it at end well for Cameron?
OUR recently re-elected Prime Minister has, as has been widely reported in the media, been on a speedy tour of some European countries - France, Germany, Denmark and Poland.
It remains to be seen how productive these visits will turn out to have been in his efforts to renegotiate Britain's place in the EU. From Cameron's point of view the Germany attitude is more positive than that of France or Poland.
At the risk of my seeming facetious, suppose our leader were a French aristocrat and that then became David De Cameron, which would be abbreviated to Decameron. As may already be known, that was the name of the work of Italian writer (and diplomat) Giovanni Boccaccio who lived from 1313 to 1375, and apparently wrote Decameron from 1350-1358.
It seems that Shakespeare's play "All's Well That Ends Well" is based on this earlier work, a lengthy collection of short stores, some licentious apparently. So one could surmise whether our hero's future negotiations will indeed be a case of all's well that ends well. Cameron has enemies, even in his own party, some more anti-EU than himself.
Can he keep them all happy? As for licentious, in "Tales from the Arabian Nights" or "Canterbury Tales" type of literature we see elements of this in-party political propaganda of all parties. It may not be licentious but can be fantastic and sometimes exotic too - although also capable of being sleepinducing.
Michael O'Neill Railway Terrace, Penarth