David Cameron 'scary', according to David Tennant
Looking ahead to the coming British election, David Tennant, the outgoing Dr Who, is apparently very, very frightened at will very likely be the result.
With David Cameron and the British Conservative Party gearing up for an election in which they'll most likely win a majority government, Tennant is beginning to experience night terrors at the very prospect of it.
"David Cameron is a terrifying prospect," Tennant insisted. "He's a regional newsreader who will jump on whatever bandwagon flies past. I get quite panicked that people are buying his rhetoric, because it seems very manipulative to me."
It's become a traditional campaign method of the far left -- fear mongering about any candidate or party that seems even remotely conservative.
Tennant mixes this method with a traditional talking point of the soon-to-be-defeated leftist: that their party is in some trouble, but that they should be allowed to sort the matter out from the government benches.
"Clearly, the Labour Party is not without some issues right now," Tennant admitted. "I do get frustrated - you know, they need to sort some stuff out. But they're still a better bet than the Tories."
"I would still rather have Gordon Brown than David Cameron," he added. "I would rather have a Prime Minister who is the cleverest person in the room than a Prime Minister who looks good in a suit.
Of course if Gordon Brown truly is the cleverest person in any room, one could be forgiven for not seeing it.
With his recent attempts at stirring up a narrative of class warfare -- criticizing Cameron for where he and his fellow Tories went to school -- evidently backfiring on him, Brown doesn't seem terribly "clever" at all.
But Tennant seems to think that the average Briton could be forgiven for not understanding such things the way he does. After all, he is an actor.
"It's very weird that you can work in the arts, which tends to be about understanding the human condition and hopefully feeling some kind of sympathy for your fellow man, and still vote for the Tories," Tennant muttered. "I do find that inconceivable. I don't get it."
If one found Tennant's comments to be reminiscent of some of the actors portrayed in Team America: World Police, one should quickly be forgiven.
The idea that simply being an actor privileges one to some special brand of wisdom that would prod them to vote Labour is a bit of laughable concept. Not to mention the idea that reading Shakespeare privileges one to some special brand of wisdom on the topic of immigration.
"I meet actors who buy the Daily Telegraph and talk about this terrible wave of immigrants," Tennant complianed. "You just think, 'Where did that come from? Have you read King Lear? Have you read Hamlet?'"
Although, whatever great wisdom Hamlet or King Lear imparts on the topic of immigration may remain a mystery to many of those who have read them.
Othello seems like a more sensible fit.
But even if David Cameron and the Tories do manage to deliver the victory that seems so firmly within theier fingers, Tennant need worry not.
He can always just step back into his Time Machine and travel back to the glory days of 2003.