The Book Group were at 'The Importance of Being Earnest' tonight. It was good - again. I last saw it (with the same Nigel Havers and Martin Jarvis) 30 years ago when I was at school. It is all about half truths and the triviality we give to important things. It is good fun and good satire.
Without being flippant, when you look at the autumn statement there seems to be a lot of high satire there too. I wouldn't go near running a country but there feels to be a lot of theatre on both sides (U-Turns and Red Books) which you need to take a few days to let others dig away at before you find out what is really going on.
There seems to be a lot of management of these things, of clever presentation that scores points but appreciated mainly by those who sit on the benches rather than those who have become more cynical about how these things are done. You just don't feel you are given the whole truth in presentations of statements and the replies by the opposition.
We're entertained by it, none more so than political editors and politicians. The rest of us sometimes feel it can be more like an Oscar Wilde play but without the satire.
In the season we are entering called Advent, everything is stripped down (in the church at least) and all the confidence is gone and certainty thinned out and clever words silenced. This season teaches us to listen to the honesty and humanity of what the prophets sing (Isaiah) and the mothers hope (Hannah and Mary) and fathers dare believe (Zechariah) that needs no theatre or spin or presentation. Just real longing, honestly felt, in real lives that teeter on the fragility of life and the rawness of the world, and is incarnated through their vulnerable yet earnest hopes.