Game of Thrones playing out in real life in fractured Europe
In the hit TV series, women are taking over the world; post-Brexit, the UK and Europe are looking much the same with the likes of Merkel, May and Sturgeon calling the shots
The latest season of Game of Thrones has just ended. Most of the leading ladies are taking over the major houses and territories, while old kings and young king-wannabes have been dropping like flies.
A contrived scenario? Not necessarily, if you survey the disarrayed political scenes in Britain and Europe after Brexit. Commentators have observed how the leading men of Britain look clueless with tails between their legs, while the women are the ones acting like real statesmen.
Life imitating art, or the other way round?
In the HBO hit series, Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons and liberator of slaves, looks set to take over Westeros. But other powerful, cunning and equally hot-looking ladies are waiting in the wings. The ruthless and cynical Cersei is taking over the House Lannister, having literally blown up her worst enemy, the insufferable High Sparrow and all his little fanatical Sparrows.
Having stuck a dagger into the heart of her liberal but wimpy brother-in-law Prince Doran Martell, Ellaria Sand has effectively ended the House Martell and is ready to rule the South with her three martial-arts expert sisters.
The lesbian Yara Greyjoy will lead the Ironborn islanders, once she eliminates an obnoxious uncle who killed her father the king. Even Lady Olenna Tyrell, long used to working behind the scene, has to take over the House Tyrell after all the young heirs have been killed off by Cersei. And Sansa Stark, so abused, humiliated and raped that she has finally mastered the dark art of Machiavellianism after six seasons, with Littlefinger and the Knights of the Vale behind her.
Back in the real world, women leaders are taking over as girlie men retreat from the stage.
David Cameron wept as he announced his resignation. Boris Johnson admitted he wasn’t suited to lead the Conservative Party. Jeremy Corbyn looks helpless while barely clinging onto the Labour leadership.
But the women! Angela Merkel, as usual, serves as the steadfast anchor for the EU. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon acts with a singular purpose and vows to remain in the EU, by breaking away from the United Kingdom if necessary.
In the fight for Tory leadership, which one looks the part: Theresa May, one of the longest-serving home secretaries in British history, or the scheming hack Michael Gove?
Stay tuned for the new season.