Monday 18 December 2017

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Why luvvies should stick to the day job

The American presidential race is far from a black and white issue, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

I’M keen on free speech, but that doesn’t mean I don’t wish luvvies would think twice before they open their mouths about politics.

In the UK, we’ve recently had to endure Vanessa Redgrave talking drivel about the Dale Farm Travellers. In the US, that equally fine actor, Morgan Freeman, showed himself just as ill-informed when he explained earnestly on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight that “the Tea Partiers who are controlling the Republican party” are racist. What underlined their publicly stated policy “to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term” was “screw the country.

We're going to do whatever we do to get this black man... outta here.” This view might have been a bit more convincing had Herman Cain, who is much blacker than Freeman, not topped the Florida Republican Party straw poll the following day, after steadily gaining Tea Party hearts and minds in a series of debates. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, to a chauffeur and a cleaner, Cain graduated as a computer scientist, worked on ballistics in the Department of the Navy, joined Coca Cola as a business analyst and has had a successful business career.

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