I am in rainsoaked Norway for my sojourn before the business of the Festival kicks in. I left after I voted to stay in the EU on Thursday and arrived in Norway early Friday morning out of the Union.
Really not sure what this means except it appears to me a lot of upheaval and a lot of panicking. My feeling was that it would be better to remain and it was a real shock to discover that 52% voted to leave.
The pound plummeted in value overnight. Then to hear that Cameron leaves this autumn, the shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn sacked, half the shadow cabinet resigning and UK’s EU Commissioner to resign, it seems that all hell has broken loose and we have no idea what is going to happen. Scotland voted to remain and according to reports Nicola Sturgeon is proposing to try and block UK’s exit from the EU. Good idea, but if it actually happens, I am skeptical. It sounds like there is an all out war of words going on in Westminster and that chaos rules. I’m glad I am in Norway and hope that things have calmed down by the time I get back.
It makes me glad that I work within the Arts and not in politics. Though the Arts can have its ups and downs too. Sir Timothy O’Shea has just announced his resignation as Edinburgh University’s Principal and Vice Chancellor, he is also the Chair of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. I am hoping he will stay in this office for a while longer. The resignation could have an impact on Assembly, Underbelly, Pleasance and myself as Edinburgh University are our landlords, though the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) are my landlords at Teviot Row House, and they are ultimately responsible to Edinburgh University – therefore if the new principal wants to change things he can. There are a lot of changes happening in the University area of Edinburgh and all of this will have an impact on the offering we give during the Festival. Let’s hope it is not quite as disastrous as leaving the EU.