The Eurozone crisis explained. OR: How not to get distracted by smurfs doing star-jumps

The Eurozone crisis isn’t, by common consent, a sexy topic rich with comic potential. Important, yes. A rib-tickler, no. So kudos, immense kudos, to comedian John Finnemore who performed a pretty acute summary for BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show this week. In just 6 mins and 35 secs. Enjoy…


(Available on YouTube here.)

And a brief supplementary, if I may…

What has happened to genuinely good satire on British television? Last week, it was left to US comedian Jon Stewart to skewer (not unaffectionately) the hyper-ridiculousness of the UK’s jubilee celebrations. The 10 O’Clock Show was intended to fill that niche within our schedules, but sadly relies instead on taking clunking swings at obvious targets. A couple of years ago, at the end of the 2010 general election campaign, I lamented the lack of intelligent political comedy.

Yes, we have Have I Got News For You (but it’s a bit stale these days). And yes, we have Armando Iannucci (hurray for the forthcoming new series of The Thick Of It). But after that…? Is it simply the case that only Radio 4 audiences are trusted to be news-savvy enough to cope with subtlety, with irony, with nuance? I’m sure there’s an audience among fans of the telly-box too.

Just one plea: don’t revive A Stab in the Dark, Channel 4’s failed attempt to re-cast That Was The Week That Was, which co-starred none other than… Michael Gove.

* Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

Read more by or more about , , , , or .
This entry was posted in Humour and YouTube.
Advert

One Comment

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarSue Sutherland 13th Aug - 2:05pm
    I think Mark gets it spot on when he describes our two originator parties. The result is we have a party in which the leaders...
  • User AvatarMark Seaman 13th Aug - 1:44pm
    'The way we treat these sad souls arriving from war zones, refugee camps and the deserts of North Africa needs no rating – it is...
  • User AvatarPaul Holmes 13th Aug - 1:24pm
    Ref the article at the top of this thread, our Parliamentary Party is already 64% female and 18% BAME -both 'over representations' in terms of...
  • User AvatarPaul Holmes 13th Aug - 1:10pm
    Even in our best election for almost a century we only elected 62 MP's in 2005, even though we averaged 20% of the vote across...
  • User Avatartheakes 13th Aug - 1:05pm
    Same will be said about Trump and his cohorts, things he has said and done, to depress white middle class voters from voting Republican. It's...
  • User AvatarManfarang 13th Aug - 12:29pm
    Peter I know some refugees and the hardships they face. I know some Iranians who have converted to Christianity.No doubt some would instantly declare them...