Posts Tagged ‘Hypocrisy’

Pride’s Purge Opens Nominations for 2016 Political Hypocrite of the Year Awards

December 26, 2016

Hi folks! I’ve been leaving off blogging for the past day or so as it’s Christmas, and I’d like to give my readers the opportunity of enjoying the spirit of the season – or Hanukah, for those of them, who may be Jewish – without reminding them of how ghastly and miserable life under this present government is.

However, it’s also at this time of year that the media runs its reviews of the year, looking back over the leading events and personalities of the last 12 months. And so that merry funster Tom Pride has launched his own, end of year competition over at Pride’s Purge! Yes, he’s offering you the chance to vote on a selection of the six toxic personalities and organisations most responsible for the brutal death of satire in 2016.

The nominees are:

* Donald Trump and Nigel Farage
* Anti-NHS Tory MP Daniel Hannan
* Theresa May
* The Scum
* Boris Johnson
* The Daily Heil

If you want to vote, go over to
where Tom will also give the reasons for the nominations.

The winner will be announced next week.

All I can say is, so many to choose from. It’s a pity there isn’t a choice for ‘all of the above’.

More Tabloid Satire: John Cooper Clarke on the Daily Express

October 8, 2013

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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