How Estonian is it?

Twitchin, Mischa. 2018. How Estonian is it? Contemporary Theatre Review, 28(2), pp. 264-268. ISSN 1048-6801 [Article]

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Is it merely an expression of middle class, metropolitan privilege to say how depressing it is for a British citizen to arrive in a country where the EU flag is flying alongside the national colours without any apparent loss of pride or denigration of‘sovereignty’? This question could, of course, be understood in different ways, depending on how it speaks to one’s political priorities (or prejudices); but precisely these differences make the UK Government’s coercive demands for some fictitious national‘unity’on Brexit all the more specious, not to say dangerous. The anger (and anxiety) of Nigel Farage and the Daily Mailin lambasting, for example, the presence of EU flags at the Last Night of the Proms–wanting yet again to identify‘enemies of the people’–can also be understood in different ways. Just as with notorious coverage by the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail featuring‘anti-Brexit’ academics (following the furore over Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris’s still unexplained letter requesting information about courses discussing this momentous political project, together with the names of the lecturers), one could see public condemnation of ‘Remainers’ as an acknowledgement that Vote Leave itself understands that it has hardly‘won the argument’.

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Theatre and Performance (TAP) > The Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing (PCPCW)


14 June 2018Published
1 January 2018Accepted

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21 Jun 2018 09:47

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21 Jun 2018 09:47

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