Wednesday, 6 May 2009

What have I done to deserve it?

As if 45 minutes of John Redwood, and then a mercifully truncated 20 minutes from Bill Cash wasn't enough, now Christopher Chope has stood up to speak. Don't know if he's doing one of his filibuster specials, but he's already been told off by Madame Deputy Speaker for going off topic.

Something else I've been pondering on... what's with the current series of overtly political Schweppes adverts? Actually, I've just looked it up - seems that it's a series of bi-weekly intelligent satrical Hogarthian cartoons.

I have some sympathy with Richard who says: "I must be very dim. I don't understand this work at all. Perhaps if the cartoons were funny..?" and then "But what's that got to do with Schweppes?"

Chope is wittering on about his time as leader of Wandsworth Council now... still got wind-ups to come. And then votes. Tea break over, time to do some more work.


aproposofwhat said...


It's in the nature of satire that those in power are satirised - if 'Call me Dave' was in charge, he'd be the target of the satire.

As it is, you are an MP for a party with a leader who is possibly the richest vein of satire for over half a century (since that fool Eden presided over the Suez disaster).

Reading your blogs, you are obviously an intelligent and caring person - why then do you not topple that fool Brown and give us old lefties some hope?

Kerry said...

But isn't it also in the nature of satire that it should be (a) witty and (b) making an intelligent and subtle political point? Neither of which applies to these adverts. I'm not, by the way, objecting to them on political grounds - I just think they're a bit of a rubbish idea, both in concept and in execution. They're offensive because they're crap, not because they're having a bit of a dig at politicians.

As for the PM - look, you can either subscribe to the media witch-hunt which is designed to chip, chip away at his credibility and standing until people only see the caricature they've created, or you can take things a bit more seriously and think about what kind of challenges are facing this country over the coming months and years, and who is the most experienced, most capable person to deal with them, which is obviously Gordon. Obviously.