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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