Question Time seemed to get the fun, holiday season cacophony that Farage and Brand were meant to bring to the table.
Furious audience hoopla, while the honoured guests attempted to appear statesmanlike.
It was more a night of applause wars.Everyone in the audience had a chance to applaud their own echoed opinion, and everyone got the chance to shake their head at words they disagreed with. Farage sat there with a new expression that said, “I’ll be deputy Prime Minister soon. I wonder if there’s a hook to hang my pewter tankard in Nick Clegg’s kitchen?” He has been taken seriously by the media for long enough that now even he can comfortably take himself seriously on telly. Russell looked more serious too, even nervous, not grasping for power, despite having the monstrous ego of a performer, this behemoth was dwarfed by the Godzilla egos of those who imagined their feet resting on ministerial shagpile. Later, this lack of dictator desire would be thrown at him, and even he would not quite know how to handle this peculiarity.
Brand brought bankers’ bonuses up and some people had that look of, “can’t we move on, it was all a long time ago”, at the same time as we are told austerity must continue forever. Apparently, it is both over, and it will never end.
Columns are now being written about the moment Brand was “silenced” by a man saying, “I don’t like people preaching that I am in any part responsible for anything”.
I have watched this over a few times, (Could this be my “back and to the left” Jim Garrison moment) and I can only presume there was a clumsy edit.
“I don’t like people preaching that I am in any part responsible for anything”
What this man seems to be saying then is, “how dare anyone say that anything may be my fault, that any action of mine may have ramifications for anyone”. So we live in a world where nothing we do has any implications for anyone? At the very least, I know my consumer choices have ramifications beyond me, my voting choices have ramifications beyond me, the way I influence my child has ramifications for others, and on and on.
How has this dumb statement heralded any column inches, a nonsense statement elevated because it made Russell Brand uncomfortable.
As for the question about why doesn’t Russell stand for parliament, there may be some merit in that, or at least, find some people he can support. The revolution may be some way off yet. I hope it is, I work for radio 4, I am bound to end up perilously below a blade while old women furiously knit. While the revolution of representation and higher conscious is in the distance, we do at least have to try and lure some people into the political arena who represent what we feel about the world, and it can’t only be UKIP, despite the media’s blanket insistence that they are the only ones. I may look to the NHA Party or Green Party instead while imagining a rebellion in the ranks of labour that reflect the values I read in post war books and pamphlets.
Or, I might just do some more adverts for fruity chews and purchase a little granite outcrop, grow a beard and starve as my carrot crop fails.
Though I disagree with quite a few things Russell Brand says, this incessant disdain for him from politicians and journalists creates the illusion that everyone else is speaking such wonderful, pragmatic sense. Much of what he said on Question Time was perfectly sensible and, though he may not be our Neo, his popularity is a reminder that not everyone dissatisfied with the three main parties has been hooked by the delicious beer and fag worm bait of the new right.
I am off to USA with Professor Brian Cox for a tour
I am off to Australia to tour on my own
and I am still taking myself around the occasional UK date too, from Edinburgh via Bishops Stortford to Salford (and plenty of Christmas shows in London too)
FOOTNOTE: Why do the media have so much love for Farage and such a desire to crush the fop “upstart”? (answers on torn cardboard to the usual bin please)