Hamlet: Ay, marry, why was he sent into England?
Clown: Why, because 'a was mad. 'A shall recover his wits there; or if 'a do not, 'tis no great matter there.
Clown: 'Twill not be seen in him there. There the men are as mad as he.
Always alert for a pat tag from the Bard, a chance to get off a self-deprecatory wisecrack, Britons last week merrily quoted Hamlet to each other, felt an obscure contentment that the most fantastic episode in Britain's greatest war could be cosily tied up with Shakespeare.
Fact No. 1....