To a delirious crowd of around 20,000, the Socialist candidate cited The Bard as he promised to cast off the ennui of the Nicolas Sarkozy era with a new wave of egalitarian idealism. In dismisssing Sarko the Gnome Pesidency as sans balls, sans brains and sans achievements Mr Hollande told the crowd, was best summed up by Shakespeare’s great words: “They failed because they did not start with a dream.”
Now you might well think that quoting an English poet to a French audience was what landed the socialiste candidate in le merde but no, what got hom into trouble was the Shakespeare loving French googled the phrase to find out which play it was from. And it turned out not to be Shakespearem at all, or at least not THAT Shakespeare.
The author of those words is book reviewer Nicholas Shakespeare who though descended from the fame family as his more illustrious namesake is very much alive.
Boggart Blog has these words from Shakespeare to console M. Hollande. “You can’t win ’em all son.”
That’s not William Shakespeare of course but Ernie Shakespeare, sports correspondent of the Accrington Argos as he commisserated with the losing finalist in annual Oswaldtwistle and District meat pie eating championship.