Peterloo is a pro-Brexit film

Peterloo is quite a dull film. Its settings are mostly drab, many characters are unsympathetic, and the final riot is anticlimactic.

Among the film’s most glaring flaws is the cartoonish portrayal of all the poshos as psychopaths or idiots. Tim McInnerny’s turn as the prince regent, later George IV, even evokes his time in Blackadder, which generally showed aristocrats as the latter.

The feting of Mike Leigh, Peterloo’s director, by Corbynites and progressives is thus intuitive enough, and more so than the attempts by some to recast Peterloo as a significant event in British history worth including in school curriculums.

But in attacking the ruling political, military and judicial elites as variously out of touch, callous or careless, the film is convincingly pro-Brexit, in spite of Leigh’s implication that “intelligent, working people” were misled in the referendum.

The central complaint of the film is that working people need more say over their lives, and particularly that all men should be given the vote (and perhaps even women).

This is the same call for British “sovereignty” (read: lawmaking powers) to be returned from Brussels, and for Westminster politicians to stop pursuing policies that clash with voters’ wishes.

Anti-democracy campaigners may be less sneering today than their forebears, but they are just as convinced that they know best, and that people of quality – previously breeding, now education – should take decisions on behalf of the great unwashed mass of thickies.

Nothing drawn from watching Peterloo would incline you to agree.

Podcast Ep. 119: The March of the Remoaners

RD 119 Alastair Campbell vote against voting

A belated analysis of the People’s “Loser’s” Vote, the investigation into Arron Bank’s funding of Leave.EU, Waitrose Food’s editor’s mauling of vegans, and Nation Police Chiefs’ Council chair Sara Thornton’s call to focus on burglary over misogyny are the three-ish topics this week.

Joining us Alastair Campbell, who demands a rethink of the topic selection.

Image based on Alastair Campbell, June 2014 by the Financial Times

Podcast Ep. 118: Supreme Court Rules Let Them Not Eat Cake

Right Dishonourable 118 gay fat cake

Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey’s seeming quest to offend all progressives, the UK Supreme Court’s judgment that bakers can refuse to bake gay cakes, and an online documentary alleging YouTuber Jake Paul is a sociopath.

Joining us as a disturbing absence of baked goods.

Image based on Cakers, February 2011 by Samuel Cockman

Podcast Ep. 117: Brett Kavanaugh To Run For Lib Dem Leader

RD 117 Brett Kavanaugh Lib Dem leader

Jimmy is away this week, but he is replaced by the infinitely more feminine Alice Thwaite from both the TWAAATS and Echo Chamber Club podcasts.

We talk about the rejection of the Chequers deal by Donald Tusk and Theresa May’s response and question whether or not the Lib Dems even have a role in modern politics. Lastly, Alice provides a nuanced take on the sexual abuse allegations against Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Continue Reading

Podcast Ep. 116: Boris Grabs Chance To Play ‘Single Dad’ Card

RD116 Boris Johnson getaway

This week we discuss the latest turmoils of one soon-to-be-divorced Boris Johnson, Serena Williams’ shameless drawing of the sexism card, and Elon Musk sharing a spliff with the much-more-successful-than-us podcaster Joe Rogan.

Joining us is whoever is still listening.

Image based on Boris Johnson, September 2013 by European Cyclists’ Federation