More Tabloid Satire: John Cooper Clarke on the Daily Express

Just so Richard Desmond, the editor of the Daily Express, doesn’t feel left out of the fun, here’s the poet John Cooper Clarke reciting his poem, You’ll Never See a Nipple in the Daily Express. The underground poet satirises the Express’ lynch mob mentality, its hatred of immigrants, strikers and Margaret Thatcher. He summarises the rag as ‘full of pornography that’s clean’, and repeats the refrain, ‘but you’ll never see a nipple in the Daily Express’. It’s a comment on the way the other middle-market tabloid feels free to print all kinds of lies, falsehoods and what can be fairly described as the pornography of hate, while pretending to be morally superior from the explicit porn magazines and their nudity.

The clip’s clearly several decades’ old now, as is shown by the Punk layout and typefaces on the record cover and the references to Mrs Thatcher. It’s still relevant, however, as the Daily Express is as right-wing as ever, and Mrs Thatcher is still the idol of the Tory, and even sections of the Labour Party. If anything, the Express’ hypocrisy has got worse. Richard Desmond, its proprietor, is indeed a pornographer, who owns a variety of, ahem, top shelf publications. This has not prevented the newspaper from adopting the moral high ground, however, and running stories attacking modern sexual morality and sex and nudity on television. All while Desmond’s company, Northern and Shell, is churning out more smut. As for sex on TV, Desmond is also responsible for some of this through his own porn cable channel. Here’s John Cooper Clarke

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