Have you have read any of the Reverend Wilbert Awdry’s books about Thomas the Tank Engine and his rail-bound colleagues you will understand the allusion to the Fat Controller. It has nothing to do with weight loss and everything to do with our need for an overlord (or indeed an overlady).
In these stories the units of anthropomorphic rolling stock, with their personalities, their strengths and their weaknesses, often make a mess of things. But the Fat Controller (aka Sir Topham Hatt) always appears on the final page to praise the good, admonish the naughty and put things right. It’s the perfect way to end the day before snuggling beneath the bedclothes.
“Oh no!” I hear you say. “Not another post about Brexit!”
Sorry, but yes. The UK Government, Opposition and Parliament are in turmoil. The long-suffering people are dismayed. Many long to be dis-Mayed. They want a Fat Controller to step into the story and mend their fractured universe.
The only candidates with sufficient moral authority are Joanna Lumley and the Queen. My preference would be the Queen. With an unwritten constitution, her power is limited only by what her people believe it to be and want it to be. I would love it if she turned up at Parliament one day, unannounced, and said something along the lines of “For God’s sake, you people, grow up! Isn’t it blindingly obvious that this whole Brexit thing isn’t working? What’s more it’s tearing my kingdom apart and it just won’t do. Stop it. Now. Tell those people in Brussels that you’re going to have another think about it and we’ll email them when we’re good and ready. OK? Good. Carry on.”
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Standy, ( a long time since anyone called you that ?)You are certainly right about the mess. Just read Merchant Tales Spring mag and read a bit about you. Wondering if you are as stroppy as me these days. Now living in Waterloo, after nearly fifty years as an Anglican priest in Bromley, Peckham, Toxteth, Brixton & Wigan, and much addicted to slagging off the government and church leadership. I am in good touch with Colin McKean (Hatty) who is in Palestine at the moment. Please get in touch if you at all interested in a stroppy conversation.