Nick Clegg a victim of the unexpected outcome of the UK elections made a statement when he announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats that defines what to expect of the next five years ‘I hope that our leaders across the United Kingdom realise the disastrous consequences for our way of life and the integrity of the United Kingdom if they continue to appeal to grievance rather than generosity, and fear rather than hope’.
Apparently in the face of an impending election in the UK the big hitters in the social enterprise sector seek to do business in a politically value neutral space. But then again perhaps that location is not so politically value neutral at all?
It’s an unlikely mix. A Jewish charity providing services to people with learning disabilities and autism, a psychologist who is also a mosaic artist, the Church of England’s Near Neighbours Project, the British Department of Communities and Local Government, The Dragonfly Collective and the London suburb Edgware (kind of like any suburb in Melbourne ‘at the end of the line’).
Brand is an unauthorized, unqualified intrusion into political discourse. Brand is the town clown, the court jester, the ‘idiot’ many readily dismiss. There has never been a more urgent time than this for a Russell Brand – and many more like him.