Saturday, March 22, 2008
Straight to the point
Dithering for so long, at last I heard the piece I really needed to summarise my position and get this blog off to a warm restart. From the great Marcus Brigstocke, a British stand-up comedian who does a lot of radio in the UK (much on the wonderful BBC Radio 4), this is the start of a 7-minute rant he did on the Now Show (Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, etc) on the 20th July 2007. I heard it as we set out for a quick tour of the North of England, Yorkshire and the Lake District - what one might call, ironically, God's Own Country.
Here's how Mr Brigstocke's rant starts:
'I'd like to start this week with a request and this one goes out to the followers of the three Abrahamic religions - to the Muslims, Christians and Jews - it's just a little thing but do you think that when you've finished smashing up the world and blowing each other to bits and demanding special privileges while you do it, do you think that maybe the rest of us could, sort of, have our planet back?'
I think that sums up how I feel.
For those who feel attacked but want to exempt themselves on grounds of moderation, he later goes on to appeal to 'moderate' Muslims, Christians and Jews to realise that they are, by their compliance, supporting their respective extremists.
It's funny, sharp and brave - and spot on.