UK Politics

This Lord of the Flies Commons needs to raise its tone, and fast

BY Philip Patrick   /  11 September 2019

Apparently there’s a new film version of Lord of the Flies in the works, from the acclaimed Italian director Luca Guadagnino. It will be the third cinematic treatment of the classic William Golding novel. If Signore Guadagnino is looking for a fresh take on the story, I suggest he seek inspiration from our very own House of Commons. The parallels are striking.

Lord of the Flies, in case you haven’t read or seen it, depicts the descent into savagery of a group of schoolboys marooned on a Pacific island after an air crash. In the absence of adult authority, a clear set of rules, or a fully developed belief system, they revert to a feral state, turning on each other, and revelling in orgiastic violence.


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