When Julian Clary was Revolutionary…


I have to say that I love the manner in which Julian Clary communicates his being.  There is absolutely nothing ‘wrong’ with the ‘camp’ British comedian (and one time Shakespearean actor) Julian Clary, although I suspect that he might be fed-up with the usual ‘adoring’ or ‘sickened’ approaches that he has experienced over the years, due to his acting style, comedic content, and gay lifestyle.  Such responses are to be expected as Julian Clary is unashamedly ‘gay’, and all too human.  Good for him, as gay culture possesses a tremendous capacity to ‘heal’ all those who have the good fortune to be born gay (in the sense of spiritual completeness), or give non-gays a radically different and therapeutic (perhaps cathartic) view of the world.  The trouble with being around Julian’s work for any ‘length’ of time, is that every sentence has the capacity to become a ‘double entendre’.  I have just read his biography entitled ‘A Young Man’s Passage’ (2005), which I would like to say that I couldn’t put down – but somehow Julian’s influence makes that sentence sound like ‘I can’t get it up!’.  It is said that many Thespian-types hold vaguely leftwing views, and I think this is true of Julian Clary.  Although he had a brief dalliance with the Trotskyite ‘Socialist Workers Party’ (SWP), I am not convinced that he would understand the difference between that fake leftwingism, and the true Socialism of Marxist -Leninism – at least that is my impression, but who knows, he could well hold one or two cards surprising up his sleeve!  However, during the 1993 British Comedy Awards, he was asked by host Jonathan Ross what he thought of the event – and amongst other comments, stunned the audience with his immortal line ‘I’ve been fisting Norman Lamont!’  Norman Lamont is a rightwing Tory, who was the then Chancellor of the Exchequer.  The Tories had been in power since 1979 under the odious Margaret Thatcher, and later the nondescript John Major.  Over a 14 year period the rightwing Tories had unleashed a terrible assault on the British Welfare State, and changed the onus of the NHS from one of ‘need’ to one of ‘cost’.  The Trade Unions had been castrated and the British industrial heartland destroyed.  Millions were unemployed whilst Tory MP’s were imprisoned for lying and fraud, whilst others were caught in compromising sexual circumstances – all happening at exactly the same time the Tory government inflicted its hypocritical ‘Back to Basics’ campaign, involving the re-establishment of Victorian notions of class distinction and supposedly correct ‘moral’ behaviour.  Of course, the rightwing press immediately launched a vindictive campaign against Julian Clary for expressing his disdain at Toryism in general, and Tory policy inparticular.  This was the very same press that thought it was perfectly OK for homelessness to re-appear on the UK streets, after being virtually eradicated by the Labour initiated Welfare State. in operation since 1948.  When I was young (primarily throughout the 1970’s), I learned about homelessness from Charles Dickens books, and the story of Dr Bernardo.  Julian Clary’s utterance is explained in his biography as being the product of depression, anti-depressive medication, and a failed love affair – but as far as I am concerned, what he said that night contritely summed-up the pain and suffering of a generation in a truly shocking and revolutionary manner. It was the ingenious and expert use of the English language, that conveyed a common sentiment integrated with a hard-hitting political statement.  That night, Julian Clary spoke for a generation…

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