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Monday, 28 September 2020

Laurence Fox - The Pointless Party

Are there too few political parties offering themselves to the electorate right now? Voters are already able to choose not merely between Labour, Tory and Lib Dem, but also Green, the Brexit Party, parties local to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as single issue candidates that rock up to General Elections and by-elections. But minor thesp Laurence Fox thinks we need one more, led by Himself Personally Now.

Who needs another ignorant bigot on the political scene? The idea is pointless. Not only that, Fox’s new pointless party is going to focus on a pointless target - culture wars. A subject invented by right-wingers to justify a further lurch to the right. Worse, Fox’s party will have a pointless name - it will be called Reclaim.

A name that conjures up memories of arriving back at a UK airport in the dead cold of night after a flight preceded by hours of queues and waits, wanting to be somewhere else - like home in bed - while watching a baggage carousel groaning and squeaking round and round, hoping - usually in vain - that your hold baggage will appear in the next few minutes so you can drowsily stumble out towards the long stay car park.

How serious is Fox about this waste of time and someone else’s money? The Mail, which has lifted the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph’s story from yesterday (paywalls, eh? Super effective they are), gives the impression he is. “The actor, 42, has received £5million for the tentatively named Reclaim party”. No, he claims he has.

But do go on. “His aim include reforming the BBC and celebrating Britain's culture contribution”. Right-winger whining that the Beeb fails to serve up right-wing news No Shock Horror. Any more snippets? “The Lewis star hopes to launch next month and stand dozens of candidates”. Lewis? The series that ended for good five years ago?

Reclaim. Yeah, snappy name

Note also that he “hopes to launch”. Does he have a USP to put before an expectant public? You’ll love this: “he wants to provide a movement for people who are 'tired of being told that we represent the very thing we have, in history, stood together against’”. Meaning what, exactly? Apart from admitting that he’s good at racism and white privilege.

His party website goes on to claim “Over many years it has become clear that our politicians have lost touch with the people they represent and govern. Moreover, our public institutions now work to an agenda beyond their main purpose”. So that’s a baseless claim to be in touch with those ordinary people he rarely meets, and more BBC bashing.

He goes on to tell “Our modern United Kingdom was born out of the respectful inclusion of so many individual voices … We can reclaim a respectful nation where all are included”. Has he seen the racist abuse his “respectful” target voters hurl at the likes of Sadiq Khan, Diane Abbott, David Lammy, and indeed the Duchess of Sussex?

In any case, we can see what his target audience is from those who are cheering him on: inept form-filler Darren Grimes, the loathsome Toby Young, who used a Politics Live appearance to whine about non-existent “anti-white racism”, and self-promoting TalkRADIO host Julia Hartley Dooda. Respectful my arse. Intolerant right, more like.

Pencil in the date next year for Reclaim’s first birthday party. If there is one.

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Anonymous said...

But culture isn't "...a pointless target...", Tim.

It has always been and always will be a crucial aim of the totalitarian mindset to control the arts. For evidence, see the architecture, graphic design and sculpture of the nazi-fascist era, particularly the films of Lenni Riefenstahl. See also Jim DiEugenio's critical analysis of the current Spielberg/Hanks "contribution" to the US film industry. And of course it goes much further back, all the way to Antiquity.

As the West moved further and further to the right the attack became inevitable. It won't stop until we experience a Second Enlightenment.

It goes without saying the likes of Fox are (at the moment) farts in the wind. But they are nevertheless a profound warning of a culture in serious trouble.

Nor is there anything new about this warning. See Spengler's century-old Decline Of The West.

Simon said...

Does anyone know from whom we are 'reclaiming' the nation?

Arnold said...

It's not pointless. Not if it splits the Gammon vote.

Jez Box said...

Minor thesp? Aren't you forgetting his stella musical career?

Jonathan said...

Ah Lozza is going to be the unofficial Tory candidate, well if he can take a few votes off the official candidate, it won't be such a bad thing, a few laughs as well,as Lozza trots in last place behind Dave 'that's not my Pangolin'.

Cue outrage from Toby Young, Dooda and Brillo..and laughter from the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

BAFTAs all round orders an utter shitbag

Anonymous said...

It's a grift: it's not as though there's much acting work for him these days...

grim northerner said...

Fox and his ilk make me long for faceless technocrats.

Anonymous said...

Do you think he's ever sat and watched that film Performance with Mick Jagger?

You know, the one his dad was in featuring loads of sex and violence & took a couple of years to release due to the controversy?

Anonymous said...

You only vote Gammon whoever you vote for, Remember 1997 and 13 years of Labour who er... reversed NONE of the Tories privatisation policies, restrictions on Unions and still clamped down on public spending. But hey, it was Cool Britannia and it was Labour bashing us.

But next time we vote Labour it will be different....think on dullards!

Burlington Bertie from Bow said...

Lennie Riefenstahl, eh? Used to 'ave a schmutter stall in Mile End*. Lovely fella.........

* That's inside the M25 y'know

SteveHolmes11 said...

Ham actor goes full gammon.

Watcher234 said...

Redistribution of funds towards labour heartlands, increasing benefits across the board, etc. etc. Damn red Tories

thekurgan59 said...

this from the guy who complained about the indian soldier in the film 1917