Tributes after Jeremy Hardy – possibly the UK’s funniest political commentator – dies of cancer

Celebrated: Jeremy Hardy.

This is a bitter blow.

I never knew Jeremy Hardy personally. He performed here in Mid Wales several times (if I recall correctly) but I never got to see him due to my own poverty. I had other priorities and I think he would have sympathised with my choices.

Instead, I had to make do with enjoying his many appearances on radio shows including I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and The News Quiz, in which we were privileged to hear a man with an incisive mind cut through the propaganda of right-wing politics and neoliberalism with biting wit.

You can tell the quality of the man by the roll call of famous names that have come out to give tribute. Here are just a few, in no particular order. Some have tweeted clips of the late Mr Hardy’s legendary wit. Enjoy: – and feel free to leave your own tribute in the ‘comment’ box below:

The following message is particularly touching for those of us who were devotees of The News Quiz when it’s previous – legendary – mainstay, the late Alan Coren, was making it unmissable every week:

Here’s my own little tribute:

… and this is an example of how that might sound:

Of course it wouldn’t be a proper tribute without highlighting the fact that Mr Hardy spoke truth to power.

Here he is laying out the truth about Jeremy Corbyn – and exposing the lie about “Taking back control”:

And here he is speaking up for the National Health Service:

Oh, and one serious note that certain followers of This Site need to take to heart:

One thing I hope won’t happen – and we see it a lot with political comedy – is that Jeremy Hardy’s insight will be laid to rest with him.

People die and life moves on, yes – but the issues he discussed are still with us. Just look at some of the examples above: the Middle East is still a bloodbath, privatisation is still a blot on our services and utilities, Brexit is an ongoing farce and Jeremy Corbyn is still regularly accused of racism and terrorism by people of bad faith. Jeremy Hardy’s words put the opposing ideology in its proper context and I think those words should remain available as an antidote for when people on the other side try to present their nonsense to us.

Jeremy Hardy might have passed but his words should live on – because they are funny and true and they nourish us in hard times.

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4 thoughts on “Tributes after Jeremy Hardy – possibly the UK’s funniest political commentator – dies of cancer

  1. Pat Sheehan

    A fine socialist and a very funny man: we can learn a lot from his example. Are there any funny conservatives out there? Or are they all poker-faced savages! I don’t know.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I find many Conservatives side-splittingly hilarious. It’s only those who have some power who are no laughing matter.

  2. Julian Field

    A great comedian. A great activist. A great bloke. He will be sorely missed and he gone way too soon. We need a lot more Jeremy Hardy’s.

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