Here at Vox Political we are big fans of Sir Patrick Stewart – even more so after he branded David Cameron’s pretensions to ‘One Nation’ Conservatism “codswallop”.
The actor, best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, said all politicians could learn from that show, and from his character, whose strongest attribute was his reliance on negotiation rather than aggression – “jaw jaw” rather than “war war”, so to speak.
His words were published by the Huffington Post. Here, he speaks his mind about current British politics:
Sir Patrick Stewart has criticised the “disarray” in the Labour Party, as it has descended into bitter infighting over who should be its next leader.
In an interview with HuffPost Live The Star Trek actor attacked David Cameron’s “codswallop” but appeared dismayed at the current state of Labour.
Asked whether it was right that people had to “tighten” their belts to help the economy recover, he said: “Some of us have to tighten our belts, some of us don’t need to. And so this whole talk… I am glad to see our prime minister has shut it up now, the whole thing of One Nation was such codswallop. The Conservative Party has never believed in One Nation.”
Sir Patrick, who is a longtime supporter of Labour, added: “The Labour Party are in complete disarray.
“How to return to a world where we can say, first and foremost, we believe in fairness because that has been absent from British politics for quite a long time.”
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