"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?