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A Fragment and a Tribute. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
A Fragment and a Tribute.

‘– It will make it a Socialist satrapy for a hundred years –’

‘As will our opposition to the suggestion, we’ll lose every seat we have in
Scotland, the Conservative Party in Scotland will sink like a stone –’

‘This government,’ said the Prime Minister, coolly, ‘will not permit the disunion of the
United Kingdom.’  She glared at them in a fashion that reminded John Nott, at least, of Minerva McGonagall (and thank Merlin he’d left Hogwarts before she’d joined the staff). 

This idle reminiscence was recalled to his mind after the Cabinet session broke up.  If not before – she had, after all, been sworn to the Privy Council so long ago as 1970 – Mrs Thatcher (Prime Minister, now, I must remember always that she is the PM now) had certainly by now been briefed on the existence of the Wizarding world, and she referred to it when she drew him aside as its effective liaison. 

‘Scottish devolution,’ she said, crisply, ‘is right out of court.  I cannot, of course, tell the whole of the Cabinet my thinking.  I can tell you, quite plainly.  There is not a trades union in this country, there is not a Socialist local council, I rather think there is not a Communist cell, that is as opaque, as un-free, as undemocratic, and as ossified as is that miserable excuse for government that is the Ministry of Magic.  It is ideologically, politically, and morally bankrupt.  No government of which I am a member will ever consent to the creation of another such closed state within a state: such “devolution” would not devolve power, it would concentrate power in the hands of a few. 
Liberty rests upon the broadest possible extension of the franchise to persons representing the broadest possible number of competing interests.  A “blood and soil” state within a state,’ she repeated, ‘an ethnic state whose numbers are too small to encourage a broad base of interests, would far too much resemble that lineage-obsessed oligarchy, with no sort of rule of law, that misgoverns Her Majesty’s Wizarding subjects.  I cannot, at present, at least, do anything about the Wizarding world and its appalling Ministry.  But I can certainly make certain that nothing resembling it is created in our own nation: a small and segregated section of the population, able to interfere in the affairs of others yet not amenable to any legislation but their own.  That is simply a preposterous state of affairs when we are all subjects alike: one nation.  The Union, precisely because it is not devolved into a collection of mutually hostile groups each possessed of a measure of sovereignty, is a bulwark of liberty.  This claim that devolution would return more power to the people: it really means power over people, power to the State.  It is the awful, the minatory, example of your world, John, that confirms me in my determination: there will be no such derogation from the sovereignty of the United Kingdom, its Parliament and its Crown.  No.  No.  No.  It’s simply not on.’

And that was that.

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From: kaskait Date: October 17th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like this fragment alot, it ties our current history figures and the WW nicely. :D
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 18th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.

It was meant to do. I'm gratified to hear that it did do.
From: kaskait Date: October 18th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you.

Its a good fic.

I've been pondering why the MOM would want a link to the PM. Maybe it is because the separation between the worlds has become uncontrollable or untenable. The MOM and whoever controls it want to be in charge of the transition and perhaps, ultimately, over the muggle world.

I also wonder if the Wizengamot was inspired by the Star Chamber.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 21st, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)


The preservation of communication with HMG is one of those canon yorkers that stump one. I can only assume that All Will Be Explained in Book Seven, or I shall be forced to complain that that scene in Book Six was an ungentlemanly ball. Sometimes, JKR's play is not quite cricket.

As to the other point, I suspect not. The Court of Star Chamber was rather more complex than its popular image suggests, and I don't really see the parallel. The Moot as constituted in canon looks rather like the Long, Rump, Barebones, and First through Third Protectorate Parliaments.
serriadh From: serriadh Date: October 17th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's frightening how many of the faces on that tribute I recognise from current affairs. I was only born in 1984, I don't fully understand what it was like.

But who is the heir to Thatcher now? Do you think Cameron can do it, or is he going to be too busy hugging trees.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 18th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)


How depressing. To me, I mean, as I am, ah, rather older, and don't care to be reminded so starkly of the fact.

As to 'Dave', well, see icon. He's the bastard child of Rab Butler and Ted Heath, with Chamberlain and Halifax for grandfathers.
serriadh From: serriadh Date: October 18th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 1984?

It's the political equivalent of seeing fashion trends come around again and again and again.

I was watching a 'best of' of Have I Got News for You and it was astounding - programmes from way before I watched the show discussing: Northern Ireland, Israel, Gulf Wars, nuclear threats, President Bush, George Galloway and Ken Livingstone making arses of themselves...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 21st, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

The more things change....

Not that George Galloway does change. I wish his neck could feel the weight of his buttocks, to use an old Scots euphemism for hanging.
easleyweasley From: easleyweasley Date: October 18th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps that video is a little hagiographical, but an interesting, if slighly partial, view.

But John Nott as a wizard? Well, Ravenclaw, I suggest. A man of great intellect and ambition but limited imagination.

Mind you, the HBP does give the distinct impression that whoever the Muggle Prime Minister might be, he/she has very little say in what goes on.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 18th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)


Mind you, Theo tells me that almost all the Notts have been Slytherins, but I didn't ask specifically about his uncle.

And you realise, of course, that NOT having any particular say in the Wizarding world must, regardless of party or personality, infuriate any PM. I expect that they gather in corners after a Privy Council session or at various dos or on the terrace after the opening of Parliament, and trade outraged anecdotes with the only other people who can understand what they've been put through by these magical lunatics.
easleyweasley From: easleyweasley Date: October 18th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes....

Ah! The penny drops. That Nott. Not a whatnott.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 21st, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

It was naughty of me, I admit.

I'm not always quite so obscure.
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