Adam Lovejoy reports from London: Heard any good jokes about payday loan companies or any jokes at all for that matter? I bet you haven’t. Because there are none, you see. Because the comedy crowd don’t touch payday lenders and all other lenders as well, including banks. Not their cup of tea, you see. Might miss out on the possible advertising deals in the future, including payday lenders who are now plugging themselves across the board, targeting teenagers and kids in the hope that they will pester their parents into getting ‘a loan in minutes’ to buy them stuff. With the way things are going soon the mob would be finding it hard to compete with the payday lot in money laundering and extortion.
But seriously, how come comedians and especially satirists, if there’s still such thing as satire out there, never mention payday lenders? Because let’s face it, they do provide lots of material for stand- up routines, making it look that they provide a very useful service and, even more amazingly, claiming that most people are very satisfied with what they get from them. That is, several thousand per cent in interest rates and some serious pestering if they fall behind with their payments. Who wouldn’t be satisfied with that, eh?
Imagine if there were some comedians out there who would be taking a pop at the payday loan creeps. There’s so much to mock and ridicule here that you don’t really need to burden your imagination too much. Especially when the other day the Wonga crowd showed up in the House of Commons, to be supposedly ‘grilled’ by MPs, who were about as aggressive in their line of questioning as a bunch of neutered cats, and it all turned out nicely for the odd looking bunch of lenders in the end.
And how about the government looking recently at payday loan companies and concluding that capping their extortionate interest rates would be counter-productive, as people might supposedly turn to illegal loan sharks and end up in trouble. Even though those illegal loan sharks often give better deals. How ridiculous is that? No forgetting that buffoon George Osborne, who moonlights as Chancellor, making it look as if he knows nothing of the rise of licenced loan sharks in Britain, banging on about some recovery that only a few people know about. Where are the comedians mocking him and the whole unelected coalition sucking up to the money men. (Incidentally, one the big payday lenders was sponsoring the annual Lib Dem bash a couple of years ago, which is hilarious in itself.)
In fact the money men and paydays lenders deserve to be ridiculed so much that there could be a comedy series launched on some TV channel called something like Greedy Bastards, poking fun at the bankers and lenders and make them look the disgusting c..nts that they are.
But don’t bet on it. The comedy crowd knows who to laugh at and who to leave in peace. It’s all about money, innit?