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 ...
Satire? What satire? ;)
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.