Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Another Well Known Tameside Pub Bites The Dust
So sad to see all these pubs being demolished such as The Bay Horse in Hyde Newton as pictured here. When you think of all the characters that must have frequented this place over the years, the celebrations on V.E. Day, the birthday parties, the funeral wakes and many other things, but now all that's left are memories and a heap of rubble.
The demise of the traditional British pub can be equated in many ways to the demise of traditional Britain. What we once took for granted is now disappearing before our eyes. If Britain continues on its current trajectory, this will, in the not too distant future also be the fate of the indigenous British people. Where once pubs stood mosques will be built and where British people were once to be found others will reside. So sad yet so preventable but to understand how we arrived here I think this quote by Cicero nicely sums it up “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
When I read that quote from Cicero, I cannot help but think of our own political class. He of course was talking of the traitors which infested the corridors of power in Imperial Rome - and we know that brought about, does a similar fate await the once mighty British nation?