Saturday, March 19, 2011

Comic Relief raises £74.3 million: Richard Curtis deserves a seat in the Lords

Seriously, why is Richard Curtis not in the House of Lords? The place is full of banalities and non-entities whose merit is highly questionable. His Grace does not agree much with Richard Curtis' politics, and thought his eco-jihad effort on behalf of the climate change lobby was repugnant. And, yes, the man has given us one or two dreadful films along with a few enchantingly mediocre ones. But Richard Curtis also gave us Blackadder, Mr Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. He is the creative mind and perpetual force behind Comic Relief, which has raised hundreds of millions (are we yet at a billion?) for the world's poorest. One doesn't have to agree with how every penny is spent and neither does one have to affirm every celebrity who participates: the sum total is good; Richard Curtis is a force for good. Perhaps a seat in the Lords might stifle his creativity; it will certainly give him a platform to spout his personal politics. But that's not the point. He is one of Britain's great successes: he merits a peerage.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

It's been a few blogs since I could state this , but I agree with you completely.

I'm not expecting you to get a rosy glow of satisfaction from that , of course , but I just had to say it !

Marcus Foxall

19 March 2011 at 11:39  
Anonymous MrJ said...

Great to see Cranmer exploiting his talent for satire.

If the body now performing under the name House of Lords had been scripted for performance in Beyond the Fringe it would have brought more than Comic Relief, possibly would have started a revolution with unknowable consequences (Baroness of this and Baron of that, and one of this that and the other).

19 March 2011 at 12:14  
Blogger Utar Efson said...

Your Grace -

While the efforts of the donors and the event organisers are to be commended, let's not forget that Curtis was behind the appallingly gory environmental scare film that revelled in blowing up AGW sceptics.

So no. If the Lords must be populated, we need men and women of better character

19 March 2011 at 13:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two words: Love Actually

19 March 2011 at 13:10  
Anonymous MrJ said...

And now for something even more deserving of satirical attention (in the style of Come'die-Franc,aise

...Downing Street and the adviser on French techniques for promoting social norms FYI_

19 March 2011 at 16:59  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I dont know what the latin is but could it not be a case of , we laughed , we were entertained , the churches emptied .

culturally perhaps we do inevitably change , in as much as we progress through time and have memories (and now motion pictures and sounds recorded). I greatly miss the more contemplative era I saw as a young boy, to me it was more full of the willingness to work with and live within ,the real world, warts and all ,around us , and not quite so lavish on the imaginery.
That is what puzzles me , as i do not quite see where our near total immersion in communications is ultimately going. One allready hears of stories of parents who cant give give the correct attention to there children. I still see people on mobile phones whilst driving , I wonder sometimes if we are not just trading en mass ,the qualities of being human for somthing else that is more to do with misunderstood popularism.

19 March 2011 at 19:42  
Anonymous not a machine said...

That aside in my last post I perhaps would take allo allo series to my desert island as a luxury ! If to remind of nothing else about the complexities of human life , that some tyrannies can be explained with light.

19 March 2011 at 19:57  
Anonymous The GazMeister said...

Your Grace,

A man who believes that I should be brutally killed because of my position vis-a-vis climate change should not have a seat in the Lords, or any other body that wields any form of power.

19 March 2011 at 20:45  
Anonymous MrJ said...

Thanks to GazMeister the cryptic message of Cranmer's "Comic Relief raises £74.3 million: Richard Curtis deserves a seat in the Lords" can be deciphered like the Rosetta Stone: the Red Button method and current political practices.

19 March 2011 at 21:14  
Blogger bwims said...

I disagree. I see him as one of the cultural Marxists responsible for the state we are in now. His films espouse multiculturalism, single parenthood and "alternative lifestyles" which are all symbolic of our country in decline. To top it off he's in bed with the Global Warmists, which, apart from making a few rich people (mostly politicians and bankers) richer, is intended as a final solution for global socialism (Marxism) with a tremendous redistribution of wealth.

I am firmly against putting him in a position where he can add to the Marxist vote tally.

If you want to reward his filmmaking efforts, give him a knighthood, OBE, GMC, Order of the Bath. Just don't give him any political influence.

19 March 2011 at 23:58  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Lord "No Pressure" Curtis? Do we really want yet another anti-democratic moron sucking on the public teat in the House of Lords, Your Grace.

20 March 2011 at 04:55  
Anonymous MrJ said...

Footnote to bwims and Gnostic: Blatant misuse of the honours system in living memory, supplanting the historic irony evinced first by the motto of the Order of the Garter and later by the revival of the Order of the Bath, paved the way for the parliamentary baronies legislated in the Blair-Brown years.

20 March 2011 at 06:48  
Anonymous DanJ0 said...

That clip is excellent :)

20 March 2011 at 07:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't work like that. You have to be an aparatchik.

20 March 2011 at 07:50  
Blogger Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Tiddles said...

My Mate Not A Machine said 19 March 2011 19:57 & 19 March 2011 19:42

The reason why old Ernst is so fond of you, my lad.

GREAT Wisdom beyond your spelling capabilities. LOL

Desert Island,Hmmm. Obligatory requirement would be KJV, Handel's Messiah and the complete Round The Horne recordings..Does not require seeing, just IMAGINATION.

You have that rare ability to make old Ernsty chuckle, my favourite non android!


20 March 2011 at 10:20  
Anonymous Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Your Grace,

Did you know that Comic Relief funds abortions? For that reason alone, I cannot give to them. Neither should you.


20 March 2011 at 12:24  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Your Grace: I also read your post as irony.

The video is as vile as everything this man puts out - white painted black: the sepulchre turned inside out.

Let him be hoist by his own petard. The god 'success' has enough power over this benighted country already, thank you.

20 March 2011 at 20:16  

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