Monday, 25 August 2008

Book Festival - Part 6

On Thursday afternoon I went along to hear Simon Hoggart, parliamentary sketch writer for the Guardian. Despite my approval of Bertie, Hoggart was good value. Apparently sketch writers were concerned back in 1997 when New Labour came to power. What on earth could be written about this bunch of boring managerialists? But along came John Prescott! Hoggart gave excellent impersonations of a couple of Prescott speeches. And of course Labour did give the press corps plenty to write about and criticise.

WARNING: naughty word alert.

An elderly Labour MP is sitting in a bar in the House of Commons. He's an ex-miner and retired union official, given his seat as a reward for service to the party. He never speaks in the House, votes as told by the whips, and spends most of his time drinking the subsidised Federation Ale.

Two newish Labour MPs come in and start chatting at the bar.

"You know, the trouble with working in this place is that it's full of c*nts," says one of these MPs to his friend.

The ex-miner pipes up: "Lads, there's plenty of c*nts in t'c*ntry and I feel they deserve their own representation."

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David Farrer

31 August 2008, 07:20:20 GMT+01:00
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How about naughty politicians? 
They’re at it again - The liberal paternalists are proposing to ban the display of tobacco in shops and are currently soliciting the opinion of their electorate. Banishing cigarettes will cost ordinary taxpayers more money, inconvenience thousands of consumers, and threaten the livelihoods of shopkeepers all over the UK. 
I’m sick and tired of more of the same from Nanny - obsessed with dictating how people live their lives but brushing the big issues, like knife crime and recession, under the carpet. They’re planning to hide tobacco, and they are already policing alcohol, red meat, fatty foods, and salt to name a few. 
I’m sick of seeing pubs closing down where I live. I’m sick of being made to feel guilty because I eat and drink as I please.  
I’m sick of Nanny. How about you? Got Freedom? 

29 August 2008, 04:01:17 GMT+01:00