US comedian Jon Stewart’s passionate speech made Esther McVey and co look like a joke – The Sun

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US comedian Jon Stewart’s passionate speech made Esther McVey and co look like a joke – The Sun



THIS week, the hopefuls to be our next Prime Minister have been up on their hind legs boasting about their suitability for the role.
You’d expect to have heard a lot of common-sense ideas and passionate policies.
11 Jon Stewart’s emotional speech to Congress was a wake up call for manyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
You’d be wrong. It was the usual old banana oil peddled by a bunch of no-hopers unfit to serve tea to Winston Churchill, never mind occupy his old job. The most impressive speech this week didn’t happen here but in the US.
It wasn’t even made by a politician.
It took a former TV host and comedian to show us what an inspirational leader looks and sounds like.
Jon Stewart shamed the US Congress with a searing speech denouncing their uncaring attitude towards the brave “first responders” who reacted so heroically to the ­terror attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001.
Many firefighters, medics, police ­officers and bomb-disposal experts have been left with serious, long-term health ­conditions, including cancer, because of toxic dust inhaled at Ground Zero.
Shamefully, a US Government fund set up to help with their healthcare has all but run out of money.
11 Stewart had to plead and highlight the US Governments failingsCredit: EPA
These ageing, very ill men and women had to somehow find the strength to go to Washington DC to beg for more funds.
As if this wasn’t demeaning enough, most of the 14 politicians on the panel didn’t bother to show up.
Stewart spoke for millions when he castigated the “callous indifference”.
His speech came from the heart — and it worked.
The next day, shamed politicos fell over themselves to pass a funding bill to help these bravest of the brave.
Compare his barnstorming, stance with what we were subjected to here this week.
Boris Johnson was allowed off the leash but made an underwhelming pitch for the job, featuring possibly the worst catchphrase of all time.
“Kick the can and kick the bucket” isn’t exactly up there with “We shall fight on the beaches”, although Johnson — laughably — loves to compare himself with Churchill.
He then pretended to answer half a dozen questions from journos that emitted more hot air and heat than light.
11 Boris is charging his way to become new Tory leaderCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Despite all that, he is so far ahead in this one-horse race that it seems like a total waste of time for the rest of them to even bother showing up.
The one person who could give Johnson a run for his money has sadly ruled herself out of the running.
It’s a crying shame because Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson is a rarity in modern day British politics, a woman of integrity and a relatable human being.
I had a bit of a moment this week and was overwhelmed with dismay over the sorry state of our political landscape.
I know I am not alone in feeling let down by those in power and in opposition.
Is it too much to ask that they should at least possess basic competence?
In recent years — and especially since the Brexit vote — our politics has become utterly toxic.
And look at the ridiculous amount of attention focused on a so-called “telly spat” between myself and PM hopeful Esther McVey.
11 Lorraine stands by her dislike of Esther McVeyCredit: PA:Press Association
As I have already said, this wasn’t about a (non-existent) feud between two TV hosts but about her stance on so many important issues.
In particular, it was her views on LGBT rights that got me so riled.
What politicians like McVey and Ann Widdecombe don’t seem to realise is their stance can have consequences.
Arguably, it encourages morons like the ­homophobes who attacked two young lesbians on a bus, ­leaving them shocked and covered in blood.
As expected, McVey was knocked out in the first round after bizarre claims her stint on breakfast TV was scuppered by “a left-wing cabal” — and being caught hopelessly out of her depth when discussing foreign aid.
But she will be back in the Cabinet soon enough.
It is a sad state of affairs when you hark back to the grey days of John Major and the overhyped Tony Blair as high points compared to what we are living with now.
11 Jon Stewart would make a better leader than our current political candidatesCredit: Getty – Contributor
I only wish we had politicians in the mould of Jon Stewart — politicians concerned with truth, justice and making the world a better, fairer place.
Don’t hold your breath.That won’t be happening any time soon.

Palin’s a man of honour
11 Sir Michael Palin deserves his knighthoodCredit: Corbis – Getty
MICHAEL PALIN is a rarity in the world of showbiz and entertainment.
So I was delighted to see him recognised midweek for all his achievements, with a knighthood.Sir Michael is clever but never patronising and has a zest for life that is infectious.
I went to an event where he gave the most inspirational lecture, encouraging all of us not to lose our sense of curiosity.
I will never forget his words and I try to live my life being interested (some might say downright nosy) about everything and everyone.

Amazing 80
11 Let’s have a round of applause for Diana MoranCredit: Victor Watts
“GREEN Goddess” Diana Moran, who had the nation working out back in the Eighties, turned a ridiculously youthful-looking 80 on Tuesday.
She’s one of those classic English beauties, with a peaches and cream complexion and fine bone structure.
Diana has had health problems in the past, and having to undergo a breast cancer mastectomy convinced her to never have cosmetic surgery.As a result she is ageing like a fine wine with elegance and elan.
11 Diana has battled back from serious health problemsCredit: Rex Features
She’s also been applauded by Prince Charles’ other half Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, for campaigning on behalf of osteoporosis sufferers.
Camilla, who lost her mum to the disease, is president of the Royal Osteoporosis Society and has applauded Diana for her work in educating young women in particular about a cruel condition that weakens the bones making them fragile and easy to break.
Faddy diets, a lack of calcium and a poor lifestyle entailing too much booze and junk food, combined with not getting enough exercise, can make you more susceptible.
Few of us will look as good as Diana does at that age, but in order to be as fit and healthy as possible, her book Beating Osteoporosis should be required reading for all.

11 Madonna set a good example promoting breast cancer checks
LOOK closely over Madonna’s shoulder on her Instagram post announcing the launch of new album Madame X and you will see a small sticker on the ­mirror behind her.
This is one of the “Change and Check” stickers popping up in changing rooms all over the country, encouraging women to check their boobs when trying on clothes or in the gym.
It’s all the brainchild of my wonderful producer Helen Addis, who is living with breast cancer.
Madonna’s mum died from breast cancer and I’d like to think she saw Helen’s sticker on that changing room mirror and gave her own splendid boobs the once over.
For more info on Change and Check, see itv.com/lorraine

Fear for brave Hong Kong activists
11 Hong Kong residents are scared about what new extradition laws to China will mean for themCredit: Getty Images – Getty
I’VE been watching with a heavy heart as events unfold in Hong Kong.
Brave men and women, most of them idealistic students and other young people, are standing up to the mighty Chinese regime.They are vehemently opposed to an extradition bill that could result in “suspects” of all kinds being forcibly sent to mainland China.
A million protesters took to the streets and were met with riot police, before ugly scenes ensued.
The Chinese and Hong Kong governments claim this is all about cracking down on crime.
Riot police fire tear gas in violent clashes with protesters in Hong Kong
But there are fears that groups and individuals who speak out against China and are perceived to be enemies of Beijing will be apprehended, transported to the ­mainland and never seen again.
Another march is planned for tomorrow and I am seriously worried that those taking part will be crushed like lotus flowers by Chinese troops armed with tear gas and rubber bullets.
If they still stand strong, I fear tanks and bulldozers will be sent in to quell any unrest.Dark days.
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Let’s hear it for Deadwood
11 Ian McShane stars in the new Deadwood movie
IF you binged on the sublime last series of Mum and have caught up with Killing Eve, take a look at the new Deadwood movie, which picks up ten years after this magnificent series was stupidly axed.
The writing is Shakespearean, the language is ripe and Ian McShane as Al Swearengen has never been better.
To make it even more intriguing, the Sky Atlantic show is based on a true story.
Put a tea towel over the budgies’ cage unless you want your pets to pick up some truly choice swear words.
Then stick up your feet and wallow in the blood, the dirt and the sheer genius of Deadwood.
Riot police fire tear gas in violent clashes with protesters in Hong Kong

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