Ben Delicious writes from London: Have you heard a good juicy joke from anyone on the comedy scene in the past four years about bankers or politicians? You know, a hard-hitting joke that would really make these weasels go running for legal advice?
I bet you haven’t, because there have been none. The 2008 financial crash that has caused the biggest crisis since the Great Depression should have triggered an avalanche of brutal satire targeted at the money men and their friends in high places, who screwed up the economy together and then had the nerve to force taxpayers to bail out the banks to the tune of trillions while cutting benefits and public spending generally. But no, not even a trickle of laughter at the expense of politicians and bankers has transpired since then. Just an occasional bland reference to the money men getting richer while everyone is getting poorer and politicians not really doing their jobs properly. Tell us something we don’t know, you creeps!
Comedians these days are very careful not to upset the rich and powerful. Even though most of them pretend that they ‘take no prisoners’ and are ready to mock and ridicule anyone and anything. Oh yeah? The only things you are not afraid to have a go at are marriage, religion, the monarchy and decency generally, knowing pretty well that in our politically correct times you will get away with it.
But honestly, how is it that comedians never dared to take a pop, say, at Tony Blair, who should have been torn to shreds by them when he was in power and given no breather once he stood down for being one of the architects of that crash in 2008 ? But no, total silence. He’s a hero in the eyes of the liberal mob, so it’s a look but don’t touch approach in this case. Just as for some unknown reason another former Labour PM, Gordon Brown, has managed to escape ridicule, even though he was, and still is, a natural for having fun poked at him and being given a hard time generally – the closet Marxist that he is: yes, the one who had bankrupted Britain and then blown a fortune on helping out the banks. And the whole Labour party has not really been getting any proper attention from the comedy lot, having left a trail of destruction after their 13 years in power. They get away with it, preparing themselves for government.
Need I mention that the Liberal Democrats are all a perfect target for mockery and vicious humour? But again, apart from an occasional joke at the expense of that clown, Deputy PM Nick Clegg, the rest of the gang get away with their loony policies and total idleness in the face of the many challenges that Britain faces. Left-wing comedians, and that’s about 99 per cent of them in Britain these days, just can’t find it in them to mock their fellow lefties.
But if you think that the incompetent Tory leadership is having a tough time from the comedy crowd, think again. The New Tories headed by PM David Cameron have shielded themselves with politically correct causes and instead of being slaughtered by the comedians are getting a relatively easy ride, while they continue to dismantle the country following in footsteps of Blair and New Labour.
So what we have, ladies and gents, is a situation where comedians avoid their primary task of holding politicians and money men to account, concentrating instead on mocking things that should either be not touched at all or ones that no one really cares about. And all because they don’t dare touch leftie weasels, who infest politics, and are sucking up to the money men in the hope of clinching some cushy advertising deal with some bank, insurance company or lender which is ripping off its customers. (Embarrassing to watch comedians doing ads for the very people they should be laughing at.)
When comedy and satire die, democracy – or whatever is left of it - dies as well because there is no one out there to make life hard for the people who trample on it.