Satire: A New Way Forward In Politics
Cross and unreasonable political activists unite ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 19/01/2016 @ 8:00AM
Occasionally, when one writes mildly political satire, one receives letters of complaint from the politically motivated. These are gratifying because the likes of me don't write in order to gain popularity from political bods. We write in order to vaguely amuse the majority, who don't care that much ...
On Facebook, I post some satire and then about 8 hours later I go back and see who has taken the bait and enjoy reading the argument that ensued.
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Recently I've taken some flack from Jeremy Corbyn supporters due to my scepticism as to if he's likely to win a general election. For those of you who know me from way back, you will recall I got precisely the same from Michael Howard and Ian Duncan-Smith supporters between 2001 and 2005 when the Tories went through their 'Barking Mad' period.
"I remember doing a lunchtime speech in London where Michael Howard was the guest speaker."
I was the 'comic relief warm up guy' at some corporate event. To my sheer delight, Michael Howard had spoken to someone who knew of my satirical style and requested to go on before me, then left as soon as he'd made his speech so as not to have to sit through mine.
Somehow or other, I got his direct email and contacted him asking if he would like to be my permanent warm up man as it seemed to work well, but I didn't get a reply.
So don't feel too bad, as nothing I write is anything more than an attempt to goad those who think they're important into moaning about me. It's a sort of harmless hobby. On Facebook, I post some satire and then about 8 hours later I go back and see who has taken the bait and enjoy reading the argument that ensued.
I recently had a letter of complaint printed in 'The Phone Box' magazine (who I write a little fun monthly column for) protesting at something I'd said about Jeremy Corbyn.
I can't remember for the life of me what I'd said, but it was from someone in the Labour Party of Olney. Olney is not noted for it's militant tendencies and if the active membership trebled it might put it at enough to have their own table at Costa.
The Tory party is a bit more active in Olney. Well, I say active. They are not a young group. One of them said to me the other day "I'd rather die than see another Labour government". Given that the average age of the active Tory members is about 91, there isn't an election due for 4 years and Jeremy Corbyn is Labour leader, I thought he was frothing at the mouth unnecessarily.
"They should all get together really, as all political activists are very cross and unreasonable people."
OK, they're all cross and unreasonable about different things, but the mainstay is their crossness about life which should bring them together. Every month they should meet in Olney for a group hug, followed by coffee and buns and a good rant ... ending with another group hug.
They might as well because they'll make about as much difference to the political landscape in the UK, as I will.
Until next time ...
More about David Pibworth ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.