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Is this the last word on the ‘Fatima’ re-skilling advert that the Tories had to withdraw?


Remember this?

I’ve already produced one article about it but this was too good to omit.

It speaks for itself, I think:

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Another rotten week under the Tories. Let’s make fun of them

Tory UK, 2020: life is hard, and likely to get worse as the Tory jackboot grinds Covid-19 into our faces while claiming to be doing the exact opposite.

These creeps demand our absolute obedience or they will bring in the armed forces to crush us.

So let’s have a laugh at their expense, eh?

On Monday, @RussinCheshire tweeted his #TheWeekInTory, which is always a good read:

On Monday, Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser, appeared on TV to explain why Covid-19 is running rampant through the UK despite everything we’ve been told to do to stop it. No member of the Johnson government was there…

On Tuesday, Boris Johnson announced his new Covid-19 related restrictions, which won’t actually halt the spread of the virus but at least make it seem he’s doing something, if you’re a brain-dead Tory sycophant.

Many of us aren’t. The image at the top is on response. Here are a few more:

Alternatively…

Wednesday was the day of Kexit – when it was announced that the UK would have an internal border after all – between the rest of us and Kent:

 

The UK’s new border: and the Tories can’t say it’s being imposed on us by anybody but them.

The end of the week got a bit serious, with the launch of the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app that doesn’t like NHS Covid-19 tests and won’t do any contact tracing.

Then again, after telling us he hadn’t been to Italy – and telling the nation we all have to batten down the hatches and put up with another six months (at least) of Covid misery – now with added job losses and poverty – we find that Boris Johnson’s significant other, Carrie Symonds, was photographed on holibobs in Italy after all. All right for some, eh?

Makes you wonder about BoJob’s Russian connections who live there, doesn’t it?

If you have any more fun stuff from the week, feel free to send it via the comments.

We need all the smiles we can get.

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This could be a preview of every day’s coronavirus TV briefing by the Tories [SATIRE]

I’m just using this shot of Dominc Raab looking clueless at the daily briefing to hammer home the fact that the satirical clip (below) is right-on-the-button.

Larry and Paul (apparently that’s who they are) have got this exactly right:

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Tory coronavirus advice is a goldmine for satirists

The Tory coronavirus response seems to be organised by the Department of Shooting Yourself in the Foot.

After the Conservative government released advice that basically amounted to “Now Wash Your Hands”, certain wits have devised their own version of how Tories perform that function:

Also amusing – to some – is the way the Conservatives are trying to get us to take “expert advice”, after leading Tories spent years trying to convince us that “experts” aren’t worth our attention:

The simple fact is: you can’t trust the Conservatives – on coronavirus, on experts, on anything.

They have created a crisis and are trying to use it to achieve their own aims, using the epidemic as a convenient scapegoat.

And the commentators aren’t letting them get away with it. Good for them.

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Tories pretend their press office is a ‘fact check’ organisation. Public ridicule is hilarious

The Conservative Party seems to be getting desperate.

Its press office resorted to the dirty trick of pretending to be a ‘fact check’ organisation during the ITV leaders’ debate – presumably so it could tweet a (false) claim that Boris Johnson won the confrontation.

Well, that didn’t work!

Not only did people take extreme offence at the pretense…

… but they also decided to have their own laugh at the Tories’ expense.

Take a look at some of these examples:

https://twitter.com/HKesvani/status/1196893828529164289

Way to go, Tories. Not only did your man mess up his big TV appearance…

But you’ve also ensured that nobody will believe another word to come out of your publicity machine.

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Meme-ageddon for Tories as ANOTHER attempt to humiliate Labour backfires

Boris Johnson: This image could be an impression of his reaction when he saw what people have done to his latest anti-Labour meme.

Remember that terrible “chicken” meme the Tories made to humiliate Jeremy Corbyn, that went horribly wrong for them when they got owned by KFC?

No?

I’ll let Adolf explain:

Now they’ve made matters worse.

The new meme is an attempt to show the difference between a Conservative Brexit and one organised by Labour:

There’s only one problem: Labour has never been in control of the Brexit process. The Tories have been in control all the way through, and the UK still has not left the EU.

And we all know it.

So a few clever souls took it upon themselves to correct the Tory propaganda:

https://twitter.com/daves_book/status/1169945498234621952

https://twitter.com/solo1y/status/1169949385377165314

This one refers to Boris Johnson’s claim that he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than begging for an extension to the deadline for the UK to leave the EU. That comment has spawned a series of satires all of its own, of which this is just one example:

There are many of these takedowns out there. Have a look on the social media for some more if you like – or make one yourself.

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Life imitates satire – in pictures – in “no deal” Brexit debate

A few days ago, cartoonist Ben Jennings produced this illustration for The Guardian:

It was intended as a satire on Dictator Johnson’s vow to kick rebel Tory MPs off the government benches if they vote against him in the bill to block “no deal” Brexit.

Now consider this image of Jacob Rees-Mogg, taken during the debate on whether there should be a debate on that bill (I know; it’s convoluted. But that’s how Parliament works these days):

As I write this, the Graun is reporting that 16 Tory MPs are expected to support the motion – and will be stripped of the whip this evening.

Life imitating satire?

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Nigel Farage wants to censor satire – or does he simply have no sense of humour?

What a drip: But why is Nigel so glum? The only person harmed by this milkshake attack was his tailor.

Who’d have thought Nigel Farage was such a fragile little snowflake?

First he took offence at Jo Brand’s joke that a milkshake was too mild a liquid to throw over him and that it should have been battery acid.

Now he has attacked Channel 4 for screening a satire in which a character called “Neil Fromage”, who makes an anti-immigrant speech, gets shot in the head.

It’s possible he is still sore at the TV station for its recent docudrama about the 2016 EU referendum, which did not portray the Leave campaign in a flattering light.

I’m reminded of a routine by the late comic Bill Hicks, who said that not only would the United States be run better if the Senate and the House of Representatives were filled by people off the streets rather than politicians, but that the politicians should be marched into a TV studio and shot, live on air, as a lesson to others not to follow their example.

He added that this was just a joke and – as he was saying this in the early 1990s – nobody took offence.

In fact, it occurs to This Writer that the only people who would demand the censorship of such commentary on the behaviour of politicians are people with a vested interest in silencing others.

And, as the current saying goes, the optics on that are terrible.

For clarity: Nobody is suggesting that Mr Farage should actually be shot in the head. The worst one could infer is that anti-immigrant rhetoric is divisive and breeds hatred.

My personal opinion, as someone who has been a comedy consumer for nearly half a century and an observer of politics and human behaviour for a slightly shorter period, is that shows like Year of the Rabbit are more likely to dissuade people from harming others.

Mr Farage – poor little snowflake that he is – should be grateful.

Nigel Farage has spoken out against Channel 4 for a “totally sick” scene in the comedy Year of The Rabbit that shows a right-wing campaigner named Neil Fromage being shot in the head.

The Brexit party leader called the moment in the Matt Berry-starring spoof show, in which the character of Fromage is killed while giving an anti-immigration speech, “totally sick and frankly irresponsible”.

Speaking to the Daily Star on Sunday, Farage went on to attack the network: “With Channel 4, we have reached a point where they are so partisan politically in everything they do that they now consistently go beyond what’s acceptable.”

In the assassination scene, Fromage takes to a soapbox and says: “Immigrants infest this city they do … like a cancer. And if they take over, you can be sure of one thing.” “Far better restaurants?” a character in the crowd interjects. “Blood, blood, blood.”

A spokesperson for Channel 4 said: “Year of the Rabbit is a purposefully outrageous and heightened comedy set in Victorian-era London featuring exaggerated and ridiculous fictional characters and in this context it is clear to viewers that the actions of these characters – be they grave robbers, murderous historical preservation enthusiasts or serial killer politicians – are preposterous and not to be taken seriously.”

Source: Nigel Farage furious at TV show assassinating ‘Neil Fromage’ – The Guardian

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New biography of former prime minister is on the way: ‘Comedy Dave!’*

At long last, the autobiography of former prime minister David C.A. Moron is due to be released in September – to a fawning press pack and an incredulous public.

For the Record was written in a shack at the bottom of his Cornwall garden, presumably because Mrs C.A. Moron refused to let him use that kind of language in the house.

Now, we’re told, he has swapped the shack for an £8,000 hot tub – just in time for summer. Let’s hope it rains on him every day. Not on anybody else – just him.

Well, far be it from This Writer to miss an opportunity to cash in.

My own account of Mr C.A. Moron’s life – or at least the part when he was running the UK into the ground – will be released in August.

It will feature the full, unexpurgated, unwholesome truth about one of the most ignominious periods in UK history (apart from all the other ones).

Every word will be fully factually-accurate – except for the parts I put in for a giggle.

It will be fully unauthorised – you don’t think I’m letting a politician anywhere near dynamite like this, do you?

To whet your appetite, here’s just the first sentence of my opus – which I guarantee contains more accuracy than the whole of Mr C.A. Moron’s work of fiction contractual obligation labour of love.

Here it is:

“Few people remember that David C.A. Moron is a distant relative of Queen Elzbells herself. Her Majesty herself is extremely modest about it, deflecting inquiries with a quiet demurral or a threat of assassination. That’s depending on the prominence of the person in question.”

And the rest is even better!

Make a date in your diary: Comedy Dave, by Mike Sivier. Coming in August from Vox Political press, priced £29.99 (paperback) or £29.98 (eBook) (prices may vary depending on how greedy I feel).

*Note for those who need it: This article is satirical. Any resemblance between fictional characters mentioned in it and genuine individuals is intended to be humorous and is not to be taken seriously. To anybody who does: What’s the matter? Can’t you recognise a joke?

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Did Andy Serkis’ impression of ‘Gollum’ May prompt her to postpone her big Brexit vote?

Gollum: Andy Serkis plays Theresa May. Some of us think he looks more like Ann Widdicombe, though…

Theresa May must be regretting her ‘Gollum’ curtsy to the Royal Family – it gave ammunition to Andy Serkis, the actor who played the character in the Tolkien movies.

The nickname stuck to her – and when it became clear that her Brexit deal was splitting her own party, it provided the actor with a perfect opportunity for satire, using the fictional Gollum’s personality problem to highlight the divisions. See for yourself – it’s terrific:

https://youtu.be/ucJ6RPez06s

Mrs May earned the nickname after displaying obsequiousness towards the roles beyond all reason in a series of news images which people used to compare her with the famously-crawling movie villain. Images like this one:

This one:

This one:

And especially this one:

Could Mr Serkis’ send-up have been the last straw for the struggling Mrs May?

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