Something is happening in Britain that isn’t in the United States.
Prominent Brits are saying they’re sick of the “woke” culture of the Left.
First, it was journalist, TV personality and self-identified liberal Piers Morgan who, on the Ben Shapiro Snow last August, launched a stinging critique of the contemporary Left, calling them “unbearable”.
Then, at 2020 Golden Globes awards in January, comedian and host Ricky Jervais lambasted the Hollywood crowd for their arrogance and hypocrisy.
The latest is actor Laurence Fox (you may know him as Inspector Hathaway in the Lewis TV series that was aired on PBS Masterpiece Theater).
Fox became an instant fave of conservatives when he said on BBC’s Question Time last January that Meghan Markle is not a victim of racism (see “Harry & Meghan Markle lose in duel with the Queen”), followed by Fox appearing on the cover of The Sunday Times to tell the world that he does not “date woke women”.
Note: Urban Dictionary defines “wokeness” as “self-righteousness masquerading as enlightenment” and “being constantly offended”.
For saying that, and wearing a MAGA cap for a media interview, Fox was vilified. See “Feminists see something very sinister in men who don’t want to date ‘woke’ women”.
Now, Fox has started a new political party called Reclaim, to fight the woke Left.
In an October 6 interview with Spiked, Fox explains why:
Fox: I don’t feel either of the two main parties are addressing the issues at all. I feel Labour is actively swallowing critical race theory. It is actively making culture worse. You have Keir Starmer literally taking the knee, and then metaphorically taking the knee with what he said in terms of structural inequality and racism, and in terms of seeing racism everywhere, which I think is one of the most false and divisive things that a politician can do to try to garner votes. And then, obviously, you would have expected the Conservatives to be very hot on these issues. Things like the right to speak freely and think freely and not have your thoughts policed are very personal issues to a lot of people. But the Conservatives don’t seem to be taking it on board.
There are many brilliant movements and pressure groups around that do fantastic work, such as the Free Speech Union, the Academy of Ideas and Don’t Divide Us, which are all fantastic. But how do you really make politicians sit up and listen? I believe you do that through the ballot box.
One thing that has struck me is the viciousness with which the left bullies people of all kinds for having what are essentially very moderate opinions. Aside from questions concerning perjury, laws on speech must not go further than stopping incitement to violence. But that is not what is happening at the moment….
We are switching the whole judicial system on its head. People are being tried by social media, and that can have really awful effects, such as what happened with Caroline Flack. I feel it has escalated beyond the point where we can ignore it….
I am aiming to appeal across party lines. I don’t need to be politically affiliated to want to promote an open public space through full protection of the fundamental freedoms of speech, expression, thought, association and academic inquiry, and to stand in opposition to laws and other measures which undermine those freedoms.
spiked: Are you worried that getting involved in the ‘wrong’ side of the culture war will damage your career?
Fox: I have certainly been told that it has had a very profound effect on my acting career….
If you risk making yourself unemployable by having the wrong view, I can understand why people would just parrot the views that are accepted – especially those who have children.
I feel like I have no option but to take this thing forward, because someone has to do it, and I seem to be well-placed to do it in terms of my platform, my profile and my views, which I think are actually pretty moderate.
spiked: How have members of the public responded to the party so far?
Fox: We have had so many positive reactions. Ten thousand people have registered on our website, and we set up a Twitter account a couple of days ago which has 15,000 followers already. I get stopped in the street relentlessly, and people thank me for doing it. I get a stack of letters every week, and endless messages of support, all of which is encouraging.
I think these issues bother ordinary people much more than those with a profile. The right to communicate and to be able to tell your own story affects everybody.
We need a high-profile person with Laurence Fox’s courage here in the U.S.