Someone posted a video of the comedian Russell Howard doing a sketch on the Woolwich killing of Lee Rigby back in May 2013. I decided to watch it. (See above.)
It actually turned out to be a sketch on the response of EDL supporters to the Woolwich killing, not on the killing itself. Indeed Russell Howard has done at least four other sketches on the English Defence League over the years. (I found fouron YouTube – so he might have done more.)
You'd think that a comedian like Russell Howard would have liked to have done some serious political satire on the subject of the attemptedbeheading of an unarmed person on the streets of London. (Say, about the dangers or religious -or even Islamic! - fundamentalism.) Not a bit of it. Instead his serious political satire only stretched to EDL members being thick (“they're so stupid!”), having low voices and working-class regional accents. (He also used an Photoshop image of an EDL banner to demonstrate his point.)
To stress the thickness of EDL members, Howard uses phrases such as “what a bunch of dicks” and “utter knobs”. He uses these phrases in order to convince the audience that he's an ordinary working-class geezer/lad. Yes, he's an ordinary working-class geezer/lad who was educated at a public school and who now has millions of pounds in the bank. In other words, Russell Howard uses these colloquial affectationsin order to show us that he's not an old-fashioned (“right-wing”/Daily Mail) snob. (That's also the reason why he tells journalists that he “still goes down the pub and plays football with [his] mates”.)
Russell Howard's Fusion of Mockney & Estuary English
I made exactly these points (without the biographical detail) about another sketch Russell Howard did on Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the EDL. (See this link: 'Russell Howard slags off the “thick” EDL'.)
Again, Russell Howard's sketch only really contained three jokes:
i)Tommy Robinson is thick.
ii) He has a low voice.
iii) He speaks with a working-class Luton accent.On the subject of accents, I may as well quote my previous piece on Russell Howard. In that case, Mr Howard was having a go at an EDL guy with a northern working-class accent (as well as Tommy Robinson's Luton accent). I wrote:
“....he also uses the now-famous 'Muslamic Ray Guns' video.... Apart from the fact that the EDL guy in the video is clearly drunk, very young, and maybe even a little nervous, what’s funny about a northern accent? It's a northern accent, Howard, you know, people Up ‘t’North speak that way. They don’t speak in the way they do in Leamington Spar, a BBC dinner party and certainly not at Bedford Modern private school. So stop being such snob against northerners and the white working class... But that’s OK nowadays, isn’t it?”
Russell Howard himself has that fusion of Mockney and Estuary English which many Leftists (especially Trotskyists) affect in order to hide their middle-class backgrounds. This is also the accent that's so love by thousands of students.
Russell Howard was brought up in Bristol and the West Country until at least the age of 21; when he graduated form the University of the West of England with a degree in economics. (He's certainly become a good businessman.) So where the hell did he get his Mockney-Estuary English accent from? Is he doing what so many other posh Leftists do: fake their accents?
In Bradford, for example, I noted that virtually all Socialist Workers[sic] Party members (as well as revolutionaries generally) quite literally had the same accent. It was as if they all came from exactly the same place. But of course they didn't have a “posh”south-eastern English accent. They all spoke with Russell Howard's fusion of Estuary English and Mockney. (At least Russell Brand was brought up in Grays; which is 20 miles east of London.)
Lord Alexander Theodore Callinicos and Sir Charles Nicholas Kimber, of the SWP Central Committee, also have this accent. (They're both the descendants of 19th-century Lords.) The accent can also be heard from the mouths of the many Leftist lawyers (who earn up to£700,000 or more a year) who utiliseit for dramatic, political and hoodwinking purposes. (Interestingly enough, Eton Tories are keen on the glottal stop too.)
(Since Russell Howard is a comedian, he'll like this Alan Partridge interview – or spoof – in which he talks to a public-school Leftist lawyer. Partridge asks him: “Why do you affect a cockney accent when you went to Harrow?”)
You may be forgiven for thinking that all this is good old-fashioned snobbery. (Basically, Daily Mail stuff.) But, of course, Russell Howard will claim that it's not typical snobbery towards the (white) working class as a whole – only against the EDL and “far right” generally.
Yet Russell Howard, Gary Fieness Hastings'sEDL News ( see'The Unbearable Snobbery of EDL News') and the middle-class“anti-fash” generally focus on such things as lager-drinking, (bad) tattoos and bad spelling; which are hardly the sole domain of the “far right”.
Is Russell Howard really working class? I don't know. According to the Daily Mirror andThe Independent, Russell Howard earned £4 million in only two years. He was also educated at Bedford Modern School; which is an “independent [private] school”(i.e., you must pay fees). He then went on to study at the University of the West of England. His partner is a doctor and he now lives in Leamington Spa; where he drives a BMW Z4.
I wouldn't ordinarily mention a rich-man's credentials; though because Leftists are notoriously envious and bitter about other people's wealth; I've done so here.
On the subject of Russell Howard and Leamington Spar, I'll let anotherblogger (Defend the Modern World) himself speak on that subject:
"He ridicules those native people living in Islamised areas from one of the most prosperous and monocultural regions in the European Union. Leamington Spa is an extremely white, totally non-urban, totally safe, totally middle-class enclave.”
Compare that to the situation experienced by many of the EDL supporters Russell Howard turns his nose up at:
"When the EDL return home after a march, they often go back to war-torn urban sprawls, divided by religion, economics and race. After a stand-up show ridiculing the EDL in London, Howard goes home to a region of serene peace and social harmony. His bedroom window looks out onto a picture of unenriched olde England; a wonderland most working class families cannot afford."
Interestingly, Russell Howard does move on (after being snooty about the EDL) in order to make jokes about how posh David Cameron is. Perhaps Mr Howard is pissed off because he went to what people call a “lesser public school”. However, it's also my bet that David Cameron earns a hell of a lot less than Russell Howard.
Despite saying all that, I still think that Russell Howard's an Ordinary Geezer; though one with a very fine Mockney accent.