Laurence Fox as – what?


"A new party set up by the actor Laurence Fox to fight Britain’s culture wars has already received £5 million in donations, he has claimed, nearly matching the war chest assembled by Labour prior to last year’s election. 

The sum was declared by Fox on Sunday as he officially launched Reclaim, a group he said would seek to promote free speech, overhaul allegedly biased public bodies and celebrate Britain’s national and cultural history. 

It comes after The Sunday Telegraph disclosed that Fox had attracted over £1 million in funding, including substantial sums from former Tory donors. 

The Rada-educated actor, the son of James Fox and who is best known for playing the lead role of DS James Hathaway in the British TV drama series Lewis, also hopes to stand dozens of candidates at the next general election. 

The new party, which will aim to represent people who are tired of “being told that we represent the very thing we have, in history, stood together against,” has been dubbed the next “Ukip for culture”. 

Welcoming an initial outpouring of support, Fox said: “What’s so encouraging is that I can already see people saying things that I haven’t read on here [Twitter] for years. 

“Crazy things and dangerous things. Like sensible and rational opinions, expressed without fear. The narrative is already being reclaimed."  Telegraph


"Rada?" Ah – The Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts.  Harrumph!  Does it have its own club?  Is there a bar?

I like the Foxes, especially Emilia.  "Silent Witness."  What a show.

Is there a hetero male who does not admire her?  

And her da', Edward, he was probably a better Brian Horrocks in "A Bridge too Far," than the real fellow.  Alas!  Maximillian Schell, who played Bittrich, really stole the show.

We have watched Laurence progress in his police career from Detective Sergeant to Detective Inspector with great sympathy.  The character's back story as a sadly disillusioned former theology student from Cambridge U.  marooned at Oxford as a cop among the  Others  at ole Oxford U was wonderfully loaded up with nuance.   The man's additional background as a gamekeeper's son (or something like that) was a nicely piquant touch.

But now!  Laurence Fox emerges on the UK political scene as a defender of the old stuff.  As a similarly inclined antiquarian sympathizer I can only cry Bravo!  Hear hear! Good show old thing!

Can a colonial legally send money to Reclaim?


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13 Responses to Laurence Fox as – what?

  1. EEngineer says:

    The UK has a new political party:

  2. LondonBob says:

    I expect Nigel Farage will be back on the scene soon enough, there is plenty of space for a party to the right of the ‘Conservative’ party but the first past the post system makes it hard for them to establish themselves. Probably the biggest effect is forcing the ‘Consetvative’ party to act like conservatives.

  3. fakebot says:

    After how they attacked JK Rowling, who only said men can’t menstruate, it’s gotten to the point where something like this needed to happen. The attacks on speech is really getting ridiculous.
    Let’s hope they find good candidates and people come forward in their support.

  4. akaPatience says:

    I’m an ardent fan of the Inspector Morse/Inspector Lewis/Endeavour TV shows which appear on PBS. There are crossover characters, one minor one of which is indeed a gamekeeper in one of the Endeavour (the prequel series of Inspector Morse) episodes, who is the future father of DS James Hathaway.
    Hathaway would be a logical (and welcomed by fans) spin-off of the franchise. But will it ever happen now that Laurence Fox has been vilified since his January, 2020 appearance on talk show Question Time for his remarks about “white privilege” and “wokeism”? IMO it takes exceptional courage for someone, especially in his profession, to dare to speak out about such things. He’s risked his career and livelihood by doing so. Bravo indeed.

  5. JerseyJeffersonian says:

    It would be nice if something similar happened to our “Republican” party;such as acting as if they are in support of The Republic, instead of being shot in the ass with being the best little cabal of compradors assisting the Globalist Uniparty. It’d make for a commendable change.
    But then, the Uniparty always exerts maximal, unified effort in squelching any newparty that challenges their hegemony, don’t they? Sez this Perot voter who saw it happen – twice. All of the major ills that the man foresaw have come to pass, and many other ills besides.

  6. English Outsider says:

    London Bob – the First Past The Post system makes it difficult for a small party to get going. But I’m still not convinced that proportional representation is the answer. In continental Europe that often results in practice in a lot of back room dealing to form a coalition.
    In which case the voter still might not end up with what he thinks he’s voted for. And dissident parties can get frosted out of any coalition so never get to influence policy.
    I know the theoretical arguments that proportional representation is fairer and therefore healthier but in practice PR seems to get you a status quo government even more than FPTP.
    Farage got round FPTP by using UKIP to take votes away from the Conservatives. To that we owe Brexit. Before UKIP the Conservatives weren’t bothered that an increasing number of their voters wanted Brexit. Brexit voters had nowhere else to go because the other parties were also pro-EU. As soon as Farage started taking votes away from the Conservatives the Conservative party did get bothered.
    Still are – the leaked Cabinet minutes showed the Conservative government still worried that Farage or some such figure would rob them of votes. We don’t owe Brexit to the fact that the Conservative Party suddenly dropped its pro-EU position. We owe Brexit to the fact that the Conservatives wanted to stop Farage draining away their votes.
    So Farage got Brexit without getting anywhere near the House of Commons. Better than nothing but still not that good – we end up with the ridiculous position that a party that, in its senior stratum, still doesn’t really want to leave the EU is negotiating on our behalf to do just that! Hence the limp-wristed approach of HMG to the current “last lap” negotiations.
    So FPTP or PR we still don’t get governments that are truly responsive to the wishes of the electorate.
    But surely in any case the solution to such puzzles doesn’t lie in tinkering with the voting system. It lies with the voter. Unless we step back from the media circus modern politics has become, unless we abandon our defeatist practice of voting for the “least worst option”, and unless we vote for people who really represent our views no matter what their chances of success are, no voting system can arrive at results that reflect the wishes of the voter rather than the wishes of those who so skillfully manipulate him.

  7. turcopolier says:

    Ah, Doctor Nicki Alexander, how could the dolt who cut up bodies with you every day and weighed their parts hand in hand not see how much, in an English repressed way, you yearned for him? I grieve for that.

  8. blue peacock says:

    Unless we step back from the media circus modern politics has become, unless we abandon our defeatist practice of voting for the “least worst option”, and unless we vote for people who really represent our views no matter what their chances of success are, no voting system can arrive at results that reflect the wishes of the voter rather than the wishes of those who so skillfully manipulate him.

    Well said, English Outsider. I couldn’t agree more with you. Ultimately the voters need to be accountable for the politics and government we have and as long as we keep voting Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, we can’t expect different outcomes.

  9. Mathias Alexander says:

    A party dedicated to pretending what happened didn’t happen and to more motherhood. I wonder what thier position on Julian Assange is.

  10. turcopolier says:

    OK. Tell me who you will vote for in this election if you will not vote for the lesser of two weevils.

  11. English Outsider says:

    Well, Colonel, if it turns out in November that your fellow Americans have no further use for this man Trump, send him over here. He’d be a Godsend.
    And given that he’s survived the most vicious attacks I’ve ever seen mounted against an American President he’d walk it this side of the Atlantic.
    We could give him a golf course or two to keep him happy but I rather think he’s taken care of that side of things already.

  12. blue peacock says:

    Col. Lang
    The politician that aligns most closely with my views is Ron Paul.

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