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Comedy is leftist

I have just come across this, Ted Shires' rather astute reaction to some tory p'tahk accusing leftists of having no sense of humour. It arose out of the criticism piled upon some tory boy after he burned a twenty quid note in front of a homeless guy to taunt him. Apparently we were supposed to laugh at that, and the fact we didn't shows the left have no sense of humour, and that irony and satire are now the preserve of the right. I find that staggering: how can anyone be so crass, so arrogant, so ignorant? Taunting the destitute is funny, is it? This came from a tory mp, someone supposedly running the country. Well, I have news for this scumbag: the reason comedy has always had a leftist slant is because it requires pathos, sympathy and empathy, attributes those on the right seem to totally lack. The left can laugh at the right because they know what they are talking about. When those on the right try to make fun of the left, it quickly descends into childish mockery and name calling, as perfectly demonstrated by the burning of the twenty pound note. That which conservatives call humour is actually vindictiveness; there is no wit to it, only the arrogant parading of their perceived superiority. I must say, I find it truly, truly sickening - who in their right mind could laugh at that.

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