Russell Brand calls his YouTube bedroom chats the Trews, but last night on the political panel television show Question Time, the trewth (sic) was that he looked totally out of his depth.
Hi, it’s Jeremy Paxwerewolf, satirical news and current affairs correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by wolfish looking Yorkshireman Jeremy Paxman, who did more to elevate Russell Brand to campaigner status than anybody.
Camilla Cavendish Won the Day
While I thought the greenYgrey vision of British politics might be realised last night on the Question Time table, with Russell Brand representing the green and Nigel Farage of UKIP the grey, I’d forgotten about the greenYgrey rebranding.
I thought Camilla Cavendish of The Sunday Times provided the Y, and won the day; and because she spoke sensibly and with a wide ranging viewpoint, rather than her gender or looks.
We try and keep our politics to issues rather than personality here… it’s a different story for recreational industries such as music and fashion.
Russell Brand was the Big Loser (but were (sic) biased!)
In what looked like a two-horse race before the show, Russell Brand didn’t even come second in my view.
While he spoke well about knowing a Fire Brigade union member, and going to meet NHS workers, when it came to immigration he fell into the trap of calling Farage a racist and Poundstretcher Enoch Powell.
That’s the kind of New Labour Multicultural Fascist extremism that has alienated many working-class British people to UKIP, because they weren’t allowed to openly discuss immigration in a period when it was at unprecedented levels.
While an audience Brandist militant shouted racist at Farage, and threatened to get him, some very reasonable and intelligent local working-class people told Brand of the problems they faced in the local Canterbury area, and emphasised that it was about quality of life and services rather than race. Brand looked a bit stunned, and didn’t say anything else on the issue.
Farage seemed to box a clever fight, like the wily old fox in Westminster he sees himself as. I hope that he is genuinely working for the common people, and doesn’t use any power he gets to help out his rich city friends, as Brand was claiming.
Ironically, Cavendish pointed out that ‘the city’ is very international and multicultural, more in line with Brand’s immigration philosophy than Farage’s U.K. focus.
Which just goes to show the mixed-up world we live in, where we don’t know which party, left or right, green or grey, is going to be the most supportive of the growing majority of people and the diminishing green space and wildlife…
New Labour’s Missed Chance
I think New Labour missed a big chance to create a better Britain when they were in power, and were paying for it now.
If they’d had a greenYgrey-recommended reservoir system (which we admittedly only suggested this year!) instead of a stormy seas one, Britain could have grown in a controlled manner, rewarding the hard-working British people and new immigrants, while also building a green environmentally-friendly country everybody could have supported.
Instead they divided the country, and those divisions are still wide, as last night’s Question Time showed, with neither side or any party really looking like they can return Britain to the opportunity New Labour had ten years ago… although there was admittedly a banking crash and global recession to contend with.
However, I think the cracks in the New Labour system were already showing before then… in the form of domestic terrorism, Iraq, child-grooming gangs and the growing disillusionment of the crushed working-class.
Letter to an Old LAWS Friend
Marc Latham has donated part of a letter he recently sent to an old friend from his early days of blogging over ten years ago, when New Labour were in power and doing okay.
The Labour Animal Welfare Society focus on LAWS made him realise the importance of government protection for animals. Poaching has increased since then, and world laws to help animals are needed more than ever, as Prince William and Princess Kate the Great have been stressing this week in the U.S.A. with President Barack Obama.
The child-grooming cases in Britain and Europe, as well as the I.S. rape camps in the Middle-East, have stressed the importance of laws to protect children, and we think a strong immigration system is a part of this.
In a Russell Brandist anarchic world the children and animals would have to fend for themselves, and the world example at the moment is that they wouldn’t last very long unharmed.
I watched the Clint Eastwood western Hang ‘Em High again yesterday, and that movie’s theme is building law and order in the West. Brand’s ‘anarchy’ would be a dismantling of that order, which would be good for gunslingers and outlaws, but the majority of society? The example given by Mexico at the moment isn’t good!
Here’s the points Marc made at the end of November:
I’m more disillusioned at the end of the New Labour years, after it became apparent they’d let banking and immigration run out of control, neglecting their traditional British working-class voters.
I think their focus on politically correct multiculturalism also helped create the child-grooming culture that was only tackled after Labour left office.
They also left saying ‘there was no money left’, so that didn’t look good!
I don’t mind Ed, but thought his conference speech forgetting immigration and spending suggested Labour haven’t really learned their lesson, and will just go back to the mistakes of the last government.
While animals and the environment are issues I think Labour will probably be better on directly, population increase and the inevitable concreting that is needed to accommodate more people, will indirectly cancel out much of them.
Marc hasn’t received a reply, hoping he didn’t upset an old correspondence friend he liked, but thought it was important to write what he thought.