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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Satire touching a raw political nerve.


 David Blunkett Says Satirical TV Shows Need Tighter Regulation

The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

Blunkett seeks to put the self interests of politicians above criticism and comment. On a daily basis, politicians of all parties, leave themselves open to ridicule and mockery, with their pomposity, arrogance and hypocrisy. Were it not for Satirical TV Shows, people like Blunkett (who is probably not the worst of a poor bunch) would have carte blanche, to trot out their prejudices without any possibility of widely circulated public comment.
To propose, as Blunkett does, that such television shows "Need Tighter Regulation" suggests a desperate desire to stifle any form of criticism of politicians actions, behavior or  proposals. There are already sufficient laws which could be invoked against television panel members should the target of the satirical comment consider that the panelist has gone too far. Further laws or restrictions would be a very unhealthy move towards state control.
Perhaps Blunkett and others are fearful of the aphorism  "first make people laugh, and then make them think".