Comedy as a Right Wing Tool

The “Have I Got News For You” Effect

Juliet Jacques (writer, filmmaker and host of the political arts podcast Suite) takes apart the gaslighting within the BBC’s and MSM Comedy in her article “How Corbyn Unmasked Comedy”. She argues that the way comedians treated Jeremy Corbyn demolishes their anti-establishment credentials (and thus exposes the gaslighting from the establishment). This post quotes extensively from Jacques article.

While comedians should have, could have and probably did, make fun of Corbyn’s Jam making and interest in manhole covers, apparently the true fun was apparently re-running the establishment gaslighting of Corbyn as AS, Russia-lover and terrorist sympathizer. So either comedians are no longer anti-establishment, left wingers or they have lost the ability to see how they had been co-opted into a right wing agenda.

While New Labour allowed comedy shows like The Thick Of It to project Labour and Conservatives as “all the same”. This proposition wore thin as Cameron and Osborne’s cuts became harsher. It collapsed when Corbyn assumed the Labour leadership on an anti-austerity platform. Suddenly, the “both-sides -framing” comedian jokes were no longer funny. It was only with Corbyn’s ascent that showed that mainstream comedy had been taken over and completely de-radicalised over the previous two decades. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, one could see Spitting Image taking apart the Conservatives or Fry and Laurie shoving Rupert Murdoch off a bridge for the sake of humanity. Somewhere in the early 21st century comedy was taken over as a tool for the establishment. The fool became the tool.

As many commentators have noted Johnson’s appearance on Have I got News For You made him appear approachable, making him more likely to be elected leader of the Conservative Party (and hence PM) despite his dreadful record with women, children, public money, Russian spies, diplomacy, detail and the truth. Did Corbyn refuse the offer of appearing on the show? Was he ever asked?

Charlie Brooker, who had long cast himself on Screenwipe as an angry outsider, alone on his sofa venting his frustrations about politics and its mediation, did a typically cynical vignette on his 2016 end-of-year show on Corbyn’s argument with Richard Branson over whether seats were available on a Virgin train. Coming right after a gag about Corbyn failing to ‘recognise’ anti-Semitism, with no mention of his record of standing up for Jewish and anti-fascist causes, Brooker spent far more time attacking Corbyn than Branson. He did so with no consideration of why Branson might cast doubt on Corbyn’s story, nor why Sky News would side with Branson, let alone giving any idea of why his willingness to confront corporate interests appealed enough to Labour’s members for them to re-elect him by a landslide that summer. Brooker’s sister-in-law, incidentally, is a Labour MP who supported Owen Smith in that leadership contest.

Juliet Jacques

Another trend that made it harder for satirists to land meaningful blows on the Labour leader was that the media attacked Corbyn from every possible angle, often in mutually contradictory ways: comedians then became no differnt from the establishment!

Mainstream comedy came out of the GE2019 very badly. Russell Howard, with a net worth of £5 million, told his audience that Corbyn and Boris Johnson were politically indistinguishableHave I Got News for You – and the satirical paper Private Eye, edited by regular HIGNFY panellist Ian Hislop – blamed Corbyn for Johnson’s victory without taking responsibility for helping Johnson establish his ‘harmless clown’ persona through repeated appearances on the programme.

In this sense, Johnson stands alongside Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Volodymyr Zelensky and Jar-Jar Binks as right-wing populists who built up a supportive base through mass entertainment. Like them, Johnson is impervious to satire – he doesn’t care how he comes across to ‘respectable’ people. With an 80 seat majority – that was predicted by Cummings and then delivered by the power of Big Data, electoral roll confusion and postal vote fraud, using money from Russian Oligarchs and other Tax Haven users, Johnson can do anything and get away with anything.

There is a Pattern

The Establishment approach to control of comedy reflects the way the press, magazines and music have been infiltrated since WW2.

  • The Press – “free press” dominated by a few billionaires. Read up on Operation Mockingbird and Orwell Rolls in his Grave
  • Music industry was infiltrated, turning the revolutionary zeal of 1950, 60s and 70s to bland pop of the 21st century.
  • Social media – dominated by a few companies: facebook and google – both having support from right wing sources. Note that Tik-Tok is about to be banned!

The comedy you watch is being changed, controlled and steering you in a particular direction. You are being gaslit.

Update

The DailyGasLamp ahead of the game (again). Article from The Telegraph, 31st August 2020

BBC threatens left wing comedians not to mock Government or Trump!

And from the Independent, 2nd September 2020

BBC can’t find enough Right Wing Comedians

The Dog That Doesn’t Hunt

You have to make your own mind on this but it does look like the IOPC is like the Dog That Doesn’t Hunt… The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) examined the prime minister’s dealings with businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri, and whether her company benefited financially from their relationship but…

“Evidence required to establish whether Boris Johnson may have committed misconduct in public office had been deleted. The material stored in digital devices, email accounts and computer drives belonging to the mayor and his appointees was deleted when he left office in 2016.”

IOPC Report 2020

Notice the lack of mention of reviewing data on servers, archives or back-ups, which is where you’d expect to find the evidence.

“The requirement in the Greater London Authority (GLA) Records Management Guidance for any material concerning GLA business (which includes sponsorship and trade missions) to be transferred to executive officers prior to deletion appears not to have been followed.”

IOPC Report 2020

The report said there was

  • no record of the rationale for accepting Ms Arcuri’s attendance on trade missions
  • or sponsorship of applications for grants
  • or the decision to pay her lnnotech company almost £24,000.

Note that elsewhere the figures being discussed are much higher.

“Mr Johnson’s solicitors have said he has no relevant documents in his custody or control, and Ms Arcuri has said that she deleted any relevant email correspondence…” and the failure to ensure GLA records were secured… “may have prevented the review from reviewing relevant evidence”.

IOPC Report 2020

The GLA stated that email and computer drives of departing staff, including a mayor and their appointees, are “promptly deleted” as a matter of course, and that mobile phones and laptops are returned and wiped for re-use. [TDG: again no mention of servers, back-ups or archives]

The GLA’s own guidance says departing mayors should arrange for records to be preserved but “there is no evidence that Mr Johnson and his outgoing appointees transferred any records to executive officers at the end of the mayoral term in 2016, nor that they were reminded of their obligation to do so before they left”.

The IOPC called for the “matter of concern” to be addressed with a full audit of the GLA’s information retention policies. (TDG: In other words, the GLA had already wiped and shredded everything of any importance because of the l-o-n-g process of alerting them to the fact that the investigation was going to happen.)

The IOPC reported “months of efforts” to access evidence but concluded that there were no further “reasonable and proportionate steps that can be taken by this review or by any future criminal investigations which could result in the recovery of more material”.

The IOPC concluded that there was only evidence supporting reasonable suspicion that Mr Johnson committed misconduct in public office in relation to one of six allegations. That related to a 2015 trade mission in New York, where Ms Arcuri was permitted to attend despite the fact her company was not eligible to participate. The report said it “occurred after the time when we have evidence suggesting that there may have been an intimate/sexual relationship between Ms Arcuri and Mr Johnson”. A letter from Mr Johnson’s solicitor said: “If and when Ms Arcuri did attend any such events, our client was not previously expecting her to attend.”

After conducting interviews, taking statements and reviewing more than 900 documents reviewed, including eight years of relevant emails from other sources, the IOPC concluded that a criminal investigation could not be launched.

“For Mr Johnson to have committed an offence of misconduct in public office, there must be evidence either that he wilfully misconducted himself or that he wilfully neglected his public duties,” it added.

Trying to find another methaphor for “the Dog That Doesn’t Hunt”, this was the result: the term is modelled on the 17th-18th century phrase “that cock won’t fight”. In the days of cock-fighting, a cock that wouldn’t fight when out into the pit and so a natural metaphor for a plan that wouldn’t work. And indeed, Johnson may not have got his “leg over”… but, it does look the IOPC has just generated a lot of work with no intention of uncovering any misconduct. Both have indicated that there was a “relationship” and Arcuri milked it for all it was worth – she cannot be blamed for that – but see her videos on youtube – her technical prowess is not high despite her bravado. Whether there was sex there is, in any case, irrelevant (although it seems highly likely), Johnson should not use his public office to grant her favours AND THERE IS EVIDENCE HE DID THAT!

The only way to really decide his guilt would be in court. But this will not happen. The establishment will not be sending the Prime Minister to trial. Meanwhile, has anyone seen the Russia Report?

Stories being lost in CovId GasLight

While the Queen is coming on TV to say “stay indoors… we will meet again” (rather obviously WW2 imagery), questions over her son, Andrew, and his relationship with arch-blackmail and pedophile, Geoffery Epstein, and victim, Virginia Roberts, remain unanswered. Andrew claims that he can’t remember the relationship – presumeably because he was bonking so many other of Epstein’s young girls at the time. Andrew doesn’t refute knowing Epstein only Roberts. He claims that the photo of him and 17 year old Roberts was faked (despite photographic experts claiming it hasn’t been). He counters her acusations by trite responses: how he couldn’t sweat at the time because of PTSD from when he was a helicopter pilot in the 1982 Falklands War and on a particular date Roberts mentioned, Andrew claimed he was at Pizza Hut in Woking despite not producing any substantial evidence for these counter claims. It’s nuts! No impartial person would believe Andrew and not believe Roberts. That is why Andrew is refusing to help the FBI investigation into Epstein (despite saying pubically that he would).

Anyway here is a full video of the investigation into Epstein and his role with the global elites.

Video of Epstein investigation (March 2020)

Meanwhile a new book highlights the danger of still-on-the-run, Epstein Accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell. American lawyer Bradley Edwards made it his life’s mission on behalf of countless young female victims to put Jeffrey Epstein behind bars. Following the billionaire paedophile’s “death”, he has written a book, Relentless Pursuit. The Daily Mail is reprinting summaries of the stories within the book which includes Maxwell herself abusing young girls.

Meanwhile, Roberts’ latest concern is that doctors are trying to kill her off with CovId-19. While her paranoia levels may be quite high on this claim, try to see it from her perspective: it is not an unreasonable conclusion considering the the strangeness of Epstein’s own death and the strange suicide of Ghislane’s father. But to truly decide how this is news is being treated, just read some of the comments to the Daily Mail story: the overwhelming majority are criticisms of Roberts herself!

Meanwhile Andrew breaks cover to hand over Easter Eggs in a publicity stunt. Obviously expecting to go unchallenged, unpunished.

Of course, no story at the moment can go without discussing Boris Johnson and his return from the fridge-like environment of the ICU at St Thomas’ Hospital. Regarding Prince Andrew, he said he’d seen good that Andrew has done for UK business overseas; he sat next to Andrew in public in November… and that the institution of the monarchy was “beyond reproach” – like being able to do what they like, to who they like with no justice to the victims… From the DailyGasLamp point of view, the elite control the news agenda using news management to bury bad news, never letting a crisis go to waste, fooling the public with bread and circus displays, keep watching the TV (because the revolution will never be on TV)…. so… on a scale from 1 to 10 how likely were the elites ready to commit election fraud in December 2019?

June 2020 Update: USA demands UK hands over Prince Andrew!