The world’s stagey and every man must play his part, darling, innit?
Harry Redknapp talks to EPLwire’s Stu Saw on the apotheosis that is Joey Barton.
The QPR boss claims that spending time in France has allowed Joey Barton to refine his key philosophical principles; particularly in the nature of existence, ethics and free-will.
“Who says that travel don’t broaden the mind?” says Harry ‘Readies’ Redknapp. “I have to tell you Stu, for me, Barton’s philosophical musings are more existentially authentic than Cantona.
“He’s 100% better than Cantona in didactic and structuralist analysis – no problem.
“Although, give Cantona his due, he was no muppet on the metaphors, or as I prefer to call ‘em, the apples and pears reification into stairs. We feared he might go too far on the Sartrean existentialist bollocks – but if anything he’s gone in strong for Keirkegaard, Unamuno and Maritain’s stuff on how one can live as a single individual but prioritising concrete reality over abstract thinking.”
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“I spent some time with Joey last week. Had a few drinks. He’s philosophising for fun and it’s great to have him back helping the team. He’s as good as gold, ‘triffic boy, no trouble at all. He showed me that man is born free and yet is everywhere in gold chains.
“He has provided diamond insights into the condition of the QPR midfield let me tell you. He’s also knocked us into shape structurally and temporally for the new season.
“For example, when you look at Abdel Taraabt we see a man in a perfect state of nature and yet when he takes to the football field he is corrupted insofar as the Social Contract has not de facto succeeded.
“Joey has helped us to understand how QPR can apply the teachings of Rousseau’s Du Contrat Social ou Principes du Droit Politique. He has shown us how we can advance the notion that we must substitute justice for instinct in our conduct.”
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Barton has maintained a semiotic low profile recently but did have one exclusive for EPL Wire.
He said: “Our opening game is against Sheffield Wednesday but before that we’ve got a West London friendly against Brentford which will be a tough one for us. I think this season above all we need to remain philosophical.”