Just heard Gordon Brown on the radio state exactly what his government will do to sort out the financial crisis: “Whatever it takes”. This is very reminiscent of Chancellor Alistair Darling’s promise to do “everything possible”.
Both statements are mere bravado and neither statement shows any understanding of the problems or the least idea of a solution.
After over a decade of New Labour the British people are used to spin and Gordon’s Brown is as bad as Blair in this respect. However the site of the grinning Blair buffoon on American television this week only emphasised how irredeemably dull Gordon Brown’s little clique are.
I saw in the papers today that Ken Campbell has popped his clogs. Ken was probably most famous as the actor who played Alf’s neighbour in the TV show In Sickness and in Health with Alf Garnet.
Though his TV career was not vast his impact on comedy was enormous. I saw him twice, once at The Almeida Theatre in Islington and once during The Brighton Festival. On both occasions he had the audience speechless with laughter.
I recall a sketch where he had a puppet reading from a script and looking up each time the audience made a sound. At each interruption this damn puppet would look up and stare sternly at the culprit until silence was restored.
The puppet stared and the audience held their breath until an explosion of laughter would break forth from some isolated individual, the puppets would jerk it’s head around and stare. The tension built and built until we were in suppressed hysterics.
Two of the great things about 21st century Western culture are the access to technology and freedom of speech. While not denigrating either, this Youtube entry shows what can happen when technlogy falls into the hands of the stupid.