On Satire and precious politicians
Jim West drew my attention (in his post Oh Those Crazy New Zealanders
) to the absurd "new parliamentary rules which ban using images of MPs in the debating chamber to make fun of them" (NZ Herald
). With a (sadly) few (but notable) exceptions politicians have no sense of humour. But this rule is ridiculous. The TV networks have no need to ignore the rule, they just need to broadcast selected highlights of the parliamentary debate with no comment. Depending on the level of idiocy achieved in the selection broadcast we'll all either fall asleep, or perceive the deep and biting satire of human life that is politics.
As for Anthony Flannery's claim that
The public has a right to see how their elected representatives behave and perform in Parliament -- warts and all.
That is one right that I am happy to fail to exercise 99.99999% of the time - I have better things to do.
Please note the photo and caption on the right (taken from Scoop
) are in NO WAY intended to satirise our respected PM, who will no doubt continue to defend her errant minister
to the bitter end!
Labels: not.funny, not.satire, politics