Inspired by Hassan Akkad's video of 20 May 2020
Whatever was the motive - personal, economical, political, bombs falling - of an individual for leaving their homeland; the reason to choose Britain - not US, Russia, Germany, France, China - for arriving, is that Britain is Great. You know… It’s Great Britain.
One more time: The motivations to go might be many, the reason to land, precisely and particularly here, is one and one only - it is Britain, Great Britain.
A friend of mine, historian, university professor and writer, part of a friendly circle in Bulgaria, upon one of my returns said through clenched teeth "Ah, London, the New Holy Grail", hissingly elaborating that London now attracts the blossom of all world nations. "Humanity's finest gene pool is being collected in London". Obviously, it slightly flattered me to be associated, be it circumstantially and alegorically, with a Holy Grail, be it old or new. But it also saddened me - we were at a friend's memorial service - to be made suddenly aware that before we lose Stefan to death, Stefan and Petko the Historian, have already lost me to London.*
Now putting two and two together, it becomes clear that in order to remain Great in the eyes of all of its emigrant-refugee Don Quichottes, Christopher Columbus, Old Lennys, Great Elmyrs and Sancho Panzas, Britain will have to upgrade.
For it is great to have minimum-wage-workers - cleaners, porters, carers, tilters, construction workers, dishwashers and others - with various sorts of MAs, certificates; for really an MA holder wherever you might put shim would not only do the job but would also reconstruct improving and embellishing the whole reality amidst which this job stands; as these individuals will find how to apply their talents regardless of the job title. So far so good - but this should be matched with an equal level of brilliance, if not greater, on managerial level. For for the time being there are endless numbers of high-qualified and certified individuals working at the minimum-wage levels and bio-robots - individuals programmed to function as single-HTML-line** - on low and medium managerial positions. Thus, we have complex individuals at the bottom covered with layers and layers of bio-robots programmed to fulfill from five - low managerial positions - to ten - medium managerial positions - simple functions or commands. With the problem being that when you set people to function according to five to ten commands there remain tons of work unaccomplished. Oceans of things to do stand undescribed, uncoded and therefore undone. Thus we end up with a solid base of doers topped by a high construction of box-tickers.... ai ai ai ai And the seldom high-flyer here and there in problematic neighbourhoods or areas. While by now, all fields and walks of life have become problematic, because of stubborn, systematic box-ticking. Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’ at all visible levels everywhere.
Mass-education is a communist concept all right, yet, this country would largely benefit from it. And don't be consoled by the thought that soon, when given status, Hassan Akkad will stop being NHS cleaner and will become a BBC show director, so that it would no longer be required to upgrade his manager and the manager of his manager and the manager of his manager of his manager in their endless chain of ten up. Having in mind how the world is going at Hassan's place will soon appear two Syrian professors, three Iranian actors, four Rohingya poets and five Uighur thinkers.
There Britain, stay Great - leave box-ticking to robots and allow sophistication to people.
There New Holy Grail, look at your cleaners - level up you game! - the holy bloods command you!
Note: other Keep-Britain-Great steps should include functional, and not other, subordination and bilateral, not unilateral, communication. Having said that I have to underline that unlike other Establishments - say the so called Opposition! - the current government has been GREAT at listening.
For Hassan Akkad's previous new video, follow his twitter account here
More on Hassan Akkad's previous video
More on Hassan Akkad's 'Exodus' film
* Bulgaria's devastation caused by the lost of massive amounts of population - generations1960 and onwards - during the last thirty years, is such that it generates strange legend and believes. In simillar way in Haiti Voodoo took off after the 2010 Earthquake. More strange Bulgarian believes in BBC Crossing Continents' 'Bulgarian Children and Norwegian Boogie Man' here
** I am profoundly grateful to Islington Council for its free, online course 'Founders and Coders'. One of the best things in this Lockdown along with Weather, Nature, P's nurture, Emma Forrest’s 'Royals' and Raab's the Baker has been our - Dan, Martin, Milton, Mohammed and I - group within Founders and Coders❣
Thanks to it, Islington Council’s underpaid-social-carers stain, slightly, though not fully, has been drycleaned. Because of the ‘Founders and Coders’ course, this stain now looks less like a greasy chip smudge and more like white wine droplet.