Pete Postlethwaite Damned By John Prescott’s Stupid Mine
PETE Postlethwaite has died. The press laud the man. And John Prescott manages, as ever, to speak in tongues and deliver an argument that has holes bigger than the ones on his face:
I first saw Brassed Off – the tale about the troubles faced by a colliery brass band, following the closure of their pit – in June 1997. The story, loosely based on the Grimethorpe Colliery Band was moving but it was Pete Postlethwaite’s speech right at the end that had a deep effect on me…
The line that got me was: “This government has systematically destroyed an entire industry – our industry. And not just our industry – our communities, our homes, our lives. All in the name of ‘progress’. And for a few lousy bob.”
You can watch it here. I defy you not to cry.
Ok so far? Prezza wanted those coal mines kept open and at full power. He could end his argument there. But Prezza finds himself unable to stop. He goes on and the foot moves towards his flapping mouth. This from the man called TWO JAGS:
Pete’s other defining role for me was his part in the environmental movie Age of Stupid.
He played a future survivor of the 21st century’s climate apocalypse, who looks back at documentary footage and asks why we failed to save ourselves while we had the chance.
So. We should have stopped mining the coal to burn and pollute the planet? Had only Thatcher thought of that argument she’d have been a hero of the Left…