Suddenly it all makes sense. One of Peter Sellers’ most famous films was Being There, a seventies classic about a simpleminded gardener, who has been isolated from the world all his life. Boris Johnson has spotted that allotment loving, behind the times, Jeremy Corbyn IS chucklehead Chauncy. This has to be the reason Labour, with much stronger choices for leader, picked a man who ia an absolute flake.
Chauncy’s simplistic ramblings about how to look after a garden are hilariously taken by America’s economists, politicians and businessmen as a metaphor for how to cure the economy. The deception takes him to the brink of the election for President and hints he enters the White House.
Jeremy Corbyn is stuck in the seventies, loves his allotment, and is completely out of touch with the complexity of politics, the world and the economy. He comes up with childish solutions and naive statements that certainly the youth of this country find hugely impressive.
Chauncy is bemused when asked vitally important questions, and this is taken as evidence of his shrewdness and sophistication. The truth is, he hasn’t a clue how to answer or what is really at stake. In Corbyn’s case, same thing.
Being There is a cult classic, directed by the brilliant Hal Ashby, an outstanding satirical black comedy that has delighted movie buffs and political strategists for years. Our only problem is, Corbyn is a real person, involved in one of the most crucial political turning points of our time. Let’s just hope voters see he is a joke, who would destroy the country, because the consequences if they don’t really won’t be funny at all.
Quotations from Being There.
Interviewer: Can we stimulate growth?
Chauncy: As long as the roots are not damaged.
Interviewer: That is brilliant.
Chauncy: There will be growth in the spring.
Chauncy’s most famous, misunderstood quotation. I like to watch!