The BBC has a show called Fake Britain in which counterfeit products are exposed to the glare of publicity and much raising of censorious eyebrows. Fake Head and Shoulders shampoo for example.
Gosh - is a dandruff epidemic likely to be the closest we get to snow this Christmas? Yet as any fule kno there is much more to faking than shampoo.
For example, why doesn’t the BBC do a piece on our fake prime minister or our fake leader of the opposition? Or how about a piece on the fake nation we sometimes call Britain - or Brenda our fake monarch?
After all, there is no longer any nation called Britain, merely an EU region which for historical reasons is conterminous with the land we once called “Britain”. Similarly, “Britain” doesn’t have a prime minister, but merely a second rank EU official lurking in Number 10. The present incumbent is a chap called David Cameron. Next year he may be replaced by another EU official called Ed Miliband. It doesn’t matter either way.
The process used to rotate these EU officials is a fake electoral process called the “General Election” in which people get to choose between a limited number of candidates belonging to one of the three big EU parties – Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem.
It is still legal to vote for non-EU candidates, presumably because people generally don’t. In this way, hundreds of minor EU officials are elected to what is still called the “House of Commons”. Again the old name is retained for historical reasons. Eventually that too could change.
Oddly enough we still refer to these elected officials as “Members of Parliament” and they still pretend to be enacting "British" laws even though most of the laws they “enact” are sent from Brussels. Nobody knows why this odd performance still goes on although it is probably thought that the old titles and activities are good for tourism.
Anyhow, I’m surprised the BBC doesn’t see this type of fakery as more important than shampoo.
But my surprise is also fake.