Watch this clip of Will Self and Mark Francois. (Or don’t watch it. I won’t blame you if you just read a book instead.)
Mark Francois: “A slur on 17.4m people…you should apologise on national TV….outrageous thing to say”
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) March 8, 2019
Will Self does quite well to start with. Francois doesn’t understand that saying that ‘All As and Bs’ is not the same as saying ‘All Bs are As’. Or maybe he does understand, but thinks that Self is just dog-whistling. It’s hard to know because they just talk past each other.
But it’s the bit after that is funny. Funny peculiar, not funny-ha ha. Self just stares at Francois like he’s a loony trying to kill Francois with his mind power. That weird set of the mouth that he’s always had seems even madder than it used to be. He looks like a demented raven. Perhaps he was tripping and he started seeing Francois as a devil. It was like a vision of the 16th century, with Self as the priest who suddenly realises he is face to face with Satan, and he knows Satan can only be defeated if his will is strong enough
By the time Brexit happens – if it happens – I wonder how many cultural icons will be left standing?