Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tommy Sheridan - the great helmsman
One of the most excruciating but hilarious TV comedies of recent years was Marion and Geoff where mini-cab driver Keith Barrett (played brillinatly by Rob Brydon) gave monologues to a camera as he drove. ( I found a clip of Marion and Geoff on You Tube
The humour was very dark, based upon the depth of Keith's self delusion, as he resolutely interpreted devastating hammer blows to his personal life in a positive and cheery manner. He rationalises his attitude to glib salesman Geoff who now lives with his ex-wife Marion by saying: "I don't feel like I lost a wife, more like I gained a friend". Meanwhile Keith becomes homeless, and Marion and Geoff turn his children against him.
One wonders therefore whether Peter Mullan ( My name is Joe ) was taking the piss when he suggested that Solidarity's party political broadcast should follow the same format as Marion and Geoff.
Again the humour is very dark, based upon the depth of Sheridan's self delusion, as he resolutely ignores the utter destruction of his personal political reputation and integrity, and literally rants to the camera for five very long minutes. I wasn't sure whether Tommy was supposed to be portraying a cab driver or a kerb crawler. I literally laughed out loud, mainly out of embarassment.
Watch Solidarity's broadcast here.
In contrast, the Scottish Socialist Party's first election broadcast was witty, informative and Stylistically innovative. Watch the SSP's broadcast here.
As Colin Fox said at the time, Tommy Sheridan starting a rival socialist party in Scotland was like two bald men fighting over a comb, but it is clear that the SSP took all the talent, cheek and style, and Solidarity were left with the ego of a bright orange balloon.
STOP PRESS: The SSP's second broadcast is just as good. Watch it here.