Wednesday, 26 December 2007

From Tsar Alexander I to Lady Bracknell

Just prior to agreeing to meet the Emperor Napoleon at the 1808 Congress of Erfurt, held in the capital of Thuringia, Tsar Alexander I received some advice from his mother that some today might well heed.

Left: Treaty of Tilsitz 1807 by Adolphe Roehn (1799-1864).

Alexander had already met Napoleon, fearing an invasion of Russia and its satellite states following military defeats, on a raft on the Nemunas River where the Treaty of Tilsit was signed.


Many Russians thought the Treaty (which, in part, created the Grand Duchy of Warsaw) was a shame and that it belittled Imperial Russia. They feared that Erfurt would heap shame upon shame and so his mother wrote to him:


"Alexander, in the name of God avoid your downfall; the esteem of a people is easily lost but not so easily regained; you will lose it through this meeting, and you will lose your empire and destroy your family..."

Now given that the BNP leader has attacked and cast out excellent activists and sincere nationalists before, primarily because they had poised questions over finances, the above advice may have been given the leader before his actions against the 'enough is enough rebels.'


Oscar Wilde once observed, through the character of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, that "to lose one parent ... may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."

Right: Alan Stanford as Lady Bracknell.

Suggestions for alternatives:

"to lose one group of organisers ... may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose more looks like carelessness."

"to organise one dubious house raid ... may be regarded as a misfortune; to organise more looks like psychosis."

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