I don’t mind the beard. The pointy shoes. The scary starey eyes. Watching football behind glass. The gorblimey guvnor knees up muvva brahn voice.
All right then, I do mind some of it. But that’s my personal taste rather than anything important. You can be a wealthy cockney in an executive box grinning manically at Jonathan Ross if you like. Who am I to complain? I shouldn’t care. It doesn’t matter.
No, it’s not the wrapping but the content. The message. The lack of message in the message. The call for a revolution that isn’t a revolution. Let’s get rid of this, but let’s not do replace it with anything better. Don’t bother me with graphs, mate.
It’s such an easy way to ridicule the Left (if we must pick a capitalised direction to represent a huge swathe of philosophy, and we must). He said something about 9-11! He’s a nutter! He doesn’t have any answers! He has money!
Easy, easy kicking. No wonder everyone loves him. The establishment, because he’s a handy caricature, an easily dismissed shorthand for all radicalism, a grotesque who can be used to splodge over the values of everyone from Co-operatives to greens to liberals. People of about 17, who need to rebel against something because they must. People who hate the system, because the system is terrible, and hateful, and wrong, and broken, and needs to be changed.
But it’s all too easily dismissed. I know he means well; I genuinely believe that. And you don’t get to be interviewed by Evan Davis – that rather smug, tedious invigilator who constantly has the air of a man trying to look calm while his suit jacket attempts to crush him like a boa constrictor – unless you’re famous. Or a joker for the coconut shy. So, he’s both. But… Is there really no one else to be put up?
It’s lazy. Lazy, predictable, lamentable, banal. Pick the long haired gangly harlequin instead of someone who might be more articulate, more studied, more in depth, more prepared, less shouty.
I don’t blame him. Why blame him? He’s trying his best and he almost certainly believes what he’s saying. Good for him. Blame those who decide only he can represent a challenge to the established order. They’re responsible for him. They’re the ones making it easy for themselves, taking no risks, making it easy, keeping it simplistic.
Revolution! Ha ha. This’ll keep them from it.