MacAesop’s Fables # 16 – Mercury and the Woodman

Our sixteenth Sunday outpouring of sanctimony and self-righteous morality to be taken as seriously as Sun King Salmond’s criminal interest in his hacked bank account.

Mercury - The God of Communications

Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power. – Benito Mussolini

A WORKMAN felling wood by the side of a river let his axe drop by accident into a deep pool.

Being thus deprived of the means of his livelihood, he sat down on the bank and lamented his hard fate.

Mercury appeared and demanded the cause of his tears. After he told him his misfortune, Mercury plunged into the stream and, bringing up a golden axe, inquired if that were the one he had lost.

On his saying that it was not his, Mercury disappeared beneath the water a second time, returned with a silver axe in his hand, and again asked the workman if it were his.

When the workman said it was not, he dived into the pool for the third time and brought up the axe that had been lost.

The workman claimed it and expressed his joy at its recovery.

Mercury, pleased with his honesty, gave him the golden and silver axes in addition to his own.

The workman on his return to his house, related to his companions all that had happened.

One of them at once resolved to try and secure the same good fortune for himself.

He ran to the river and threw his axe on purpose into the pool at the same place, and sat down on the bank to weep.

Mercury appeared to him just as he hoped he would; and having learned the cause of his grief, plunged into the stream and brought up a golden axe, inquiring if he had lost it.

The workman seized it greedily and declared that truly it was the very same axe that he had lost.

Mercury displeased at his knavery, not only took away the golden axe, but refused to recover for him the axe he had thrown into the pool.

Analysis: As we all know, Mercury is the messenger of the gods. Substitute the axe for ‘power’ and substitute the silver and gold axes for ‘Editor support’ and ‘Sun backing’ respectively and hopefully you get the gist. As George Orwell said “Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.” If ever there has been a more open display of self-deception with the Scottish Nationalists, it’s in the acceptance that the Leveson inquiry got Salmond off the hook regarding his relationship with Murdoch.

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