Cameron Has Killed at 2,200 People’ : Frankie Boyle at the 2014 Television Festival – Beastrabban\’s Weblog


This follows on from the question Mike raised in the previous post Class divide in the arts – are they just for the toffs? writes the Beast, so it seems logical to post a pointer to his article here. He writes:

The controversial Scots comedian Frankie Boyle was interviewed last year at the Guardian’s International Television Festival last year by Pointless’s Richard Osman. The interview was a review of the state of television. And Boyle made it very clear that he though British television was being held back by the desire of TV commissioning editors to remain safe. Boyle made it very clear that class attitudes were very definitely a part of this.

The article is quite lengthy, and all of it is worth reading – but you should visit Beastrabban\’s Weblog to do so. The part to which the headline refers runs as follows:

Boyle gave the murderous campaign of Cameron against the disabled. He said outright that Cameron had killed at least 2,200 people ‘bottom line’ through Atos and the fit for work test. But he was never challenged. [Richard] Osman raised the topic of the Channel 4 conspiracy drama, Utopia, as an example of television tackling difficult topics. Boyle stated in his usual forthright terms that the show was rubbish. It was based very much on the type of comics produced by Alan Moore and his ilk. However, Channel 4 had taken all the good material out of it. If they were really determined to produce quality television, they’d hire Alan Moore and co. Instead Channel 4 produced endless programmes genuinely exploiting deformity and sneering at the working class, explicitly mentioning Benefits Street.

Here’s the YouTube recording of the interview. Warning: Boyle’s language is at times very coarse, and the jokes about Katie Price and Rebecca Adlington may be offensive.

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  1. Pat January 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I just wish someone better than Frankie “Tramadol Nights” Boyle had said this.

    • Mike Sivier January 25, 2015 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      He’s not to everybody’s taste, that’s for sure, but he has a lot of sensible things to say – just, perhaps, not in a way that’s acceptable to many.

  2. Kenneth Hill January 25, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    True and counting more and more each day .

  3. Chris January 25, 2015 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    The proper socialist party Syriza has won Greece’s 2015 general election. Finally some hope in the darkness.

    We know that Greece’s EU imposed austerity has caused 7000 suicides, in amongst 1,500,000 unemployed, in a nation thrust into a third world economy. Businessmen who lost small to middle independent businesses in Athens are living rough in the city parks.

    Labour’s equivalent in Greece called PASOK got small party votes in single figures.

    This seems to be Labour’s fate in Scotland in 2015, against the SNP, another socialist party.

    Formal flat rate state pension forecasts have been gained by people granting only £55 per week with no tops ups, despite a lifetime paying National Insurance.

    I know I will never get a state pension, as will millions of others on and from 6 April 2016, despite a lifetime paying NI.

    In Greece, the EU took pensions from all sources and cut pensions even to current claimants however old, They did that in Hungary as well.

    Today this is happening on and from 6 April 2016 here in the UK, without a debt to the EU, and the UK being the 6th richest nation on earth.

    See why under my petition, in my Why this is important section at:

  4. Ian January 25, 2015 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    What planet is Richard Osman on? He said there’s nothing to kick against [in Britain]. How can he say hat when Frankie Boyle has just spoke about the scandals of Atos etc?

    He inadvertently makes Frankie Boyle’s point perfectly.

  5. Ian Proud January 26, 2015 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    I love Frankie Boyle. It gives me great comfort that he’s out there annoying the hell out people with what I consider as intelligent and brilliant honest humour, The guy is not just some simpleton..

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