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ぼくの名前はBBです。「悪いヤツ」と呼ぶ人もいます。でも、犬には「いいヤツ」だと思われているかもしれません。これでいいのだ。バカボンのパパなのだ。ちなみに、バカボンもBBみたいですが、ぼくはバカボンとは別人です。

29 January 2008

やっぱりお国柄


英国BBCテレビの政治番組Question Timeを司会したロビン・デイ(Sir Robin Day, 1923 - 2000)は、首相や大臣を相手にしての辛辣で容赦のない質問と批判によって、英国内では多くの庶民に好かれ、同時に、支配層の人々には嫌われた人だ。1982年、当時のサッチャー政権における国防大臣ジョン・ノットを番組に招いたロビン卿は、大臣の強硬な反論にも屈せず、どこまでも国防費削減を主張したため、ついに怒った大臣は番組の途中で退場してしまった。

特にサッチャー首相との論争はBBCの歴史に刻まれるべき壮絶な戦いであったようだ。もともとサッチャーはBBCを嫌っていたはずだが、ロビン卿のせいでますます嫌うようになったにちがいない。1983年の選挙期間中に彼の番組に登場したサッチャー首相は、最後まで彼の名前をMr Dayと呼び、Sir Robinと呼ぶことを拒んだ。2年前にロビン・デイは、女王からナイト爵に叙されていたのに。

マーガレット・サッチャーが爵位反対論者であるのなら、それもひとつのスジの通った態度だったのかもしれない。あのバートランド・ラッセルは、名門世襲貴族の出身だったのに、生涯、自分から貴族の称号を使うことはなかったという。しかし、サッチャー自身は、あれから8年後の1991年、配偶者のデニスが世襲上の爵位を受けたことに便乗して、男爵夫人の肩書きを得て喜んだのである。喜んだというのは、実はぼくの勝手な思い込みにすぎないのだけれど、少女時代から立身出世を夢見ながら上流階級の発音を練習していたというサッチャーなら、おそらく腹の底では「ヤッターッ!!」と狂喜していたのじゃないだろうか。

夫の話が出たついでに、その男デニス・サッチャーについて少しだけ語っておけば、彼は社会主義(つまり労働党)が大嫌いな男で、その点ではサッチャー首相と同じだったけれど、死刑制度というものを野蛮なことに思っていたようだ。サッチャー首相自身は死刑制度を支持する立場だったから、そんな妻に比べれば、まだ上流な英国人だったのかもしれない。ただし、サッチャー首相に批判的なBBCのことは大嫌いだったらしく、やっぱり似たもの夫婦ということになるだろうか。

それにしても、英国の右翼に支持されたサッチャー政権に対して非常に厳しい姿勢を崩さなかったロビン・デイが、女王から爵位を受けるとは、ニッポンでは考えられないことのように思う。たとえば、若い頃から天皇制に批判的な加藤周一は、文化勲章さえもらっていない。もっともそんな話が出たとしても、加藤周一ならば拒否するだろうが。

マーガレット・サッチャーほどにニッポン社会のあり方を褒めたたえた首相は、英国では非常に珍しいように思う。そういえば、サッチャーがオックスフォード大学を目指してそこに入学したのも、ニッポンの東大受験生の感覚にどこか似ているような気がする。キーワードは立身出世。その目的は名誉とカネだろうか。サッチャーは首相を辞めたのちにもいろんなメディアからインタビューを受けているそうだが、聞いた話だと、1回あたり五百万円ほどの報酬を要求するそうだ。

参考:ロビン卿の番組に登場したサッチャー首相
 
☆ 「鉄の女 (Iron Lady)」と呼ばれたサッチャーですが、いつにもまして勇ましい姿を見せてくれたようです。相手が誰あろうロビン卿ですから、完全武装で臨んだのでしょう。こういうテレビのパフォーマンスにだまされる人間は英国にもいるんですね。しかし、長いサッチャー政権のあいだに失った尊いものに気づいたとき、英国の庶民は政権交代を実現させるのです。サッチャー時代にぼろぼろにされた英国伝統の社会福祉が、やがて労働党政権によって修復されることになったのです。人民放送局としてのBBCの存在は大きいと思います。それに比べてNHKはどうでしょうか。

今日のビデオ:Robin Day / Morny Stannit

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