The week in satire Vol. #107

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John Shafthauer

And what a week it was!

A week in which a new political party formed! A week in which… oh, hang on… they’re saying they’re not even a political party – they’re a private company. What – and they’re also saying they represent a new form of politics without having any actual policies?

Jesus fucking christ.

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Labour MPs leaving and Tony Blair's autobiography 'Things Can Only Get Tonier'Independent Group ‘manifesto’ just Tony Blair’s autobiography

by John Shafthauer

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After years of speculation, failed attempts and botches, seven Labour MPs have finally left the party. They’ve done so to reverse Brexit in the…

…hang on a minute…

Looking again, they actually haven’t promised to reverse Brexit. Wasn’t that the only issue they had any actual fucking plan for?

Is this a joke?

What’s their actual policy proposal then?

Wait… no… it can’t be…

Things Can Only Get Tonier

As it turns out, the Independent Group manifesto is just Tony Blair’s last autobiography. They have at least highlighted the relevant passages, so we have some idea what they’re going for. The highlighted bits include:

They say that privatisation doesn’t work – that it only benefits a small handful of shareholders. People said the same thing about me, though, and I won three consecutive elections.

And:

Borders are crucial to any functioning nation. Ideally, our borders should be in the middle of other people’s countries. You really can’t be too sure.

And:

People in the UK don’t want ideology – they want bland statements that mask the underlying neoliberalism you’re pushing through at every given opportunity.

Fresh ideas

To be fair, the Independent Group has also committed itself towards ‘fresh ideas’. Promising ‘fresh ideas’ is a notion they took from Blair’s other book – the one titled Fairness and how to beat it.

Images of Angela Smith in different colours‘Normal tinged’ woman vows to fight racism

by John Shafthauer

On 18 February, former Labour MP Angela Smith said:

it’s not just about being black or a funny tinge … you know, different – B, err from the BME community

She received some criticism for this, but Smith has now said she will stand for people of all tinges.

Anti-tingism

The so-called ‘Independent Group’ that Smith belongs to denies it has a prejudice against certain tinges:

All we’re saying is that maybe we treat some tinges better than others. That doesn’t mean we don’t support each and every tinge – just that we should support some of them less than currently.

Smith also clarified her original statement:

Look, when I said ‘funny tinge’, I only meant in comparison to ‘normal tinges’. If these people went back to where they came from, it would be them who had the normal tinge. I’m not saying they should go back, by the way – not until we’ve had the mugs printed.

The Independent Group also denied breaching its own policy on the matter:

We don’t actually have a policy. We don’t have any accountability at all – other than to the people anonymously funding us, obviously.

Perspective 

Of course, it would be unfair to say this new political party is institutionally prejudiced against people of tinge. It isn’t actually a political party, after all; it’s technically a company.

Joan Ryan MP in front of the Independent Group logoExpenses scandal veteran joins opaquely funded political kickstarter

by John Shafthauer

The Independent Group is unlike any political party in the UK. Not because of its policies (of which it has none), but because it isn’t actually a ‘party’ – it’s a private company. This has so far allowed it to avoid declaring who funds it.

And guess what sort of politician that’s attracting?

That’s right – the absolute fucking worst!

Who funds you?

When asked what attracted her to the Independent Group, Joan Ryan put her phone down and glared at us.

“Do you mind?” she said. “I’m speaking to a man about getting a new conservatory put in.”

When asked how she’d be funding this lavish extension, Ryan tossed her head back and laughed.

“If you’ve got a problem, direct it to our complaints department,” she said – giving us the finger.

Unfortunately, it turned out the Independent Group doesn’t actually have a complaints department. It does have a ‘complaints’ page on its website, but much like its ‘policies’ page, it’s completely empty.

Who wants this?

It’s unfair to say that no one in Britain wants a political party that:

  • Has no accountability.
  • Has no actual plan.
  • Is filled with MPs who’ve supported the most unpopular political decisions of the 21st century.
  • Is 12.5% Mike Gapes.
  • Hasn’t even backed the so-called ‘People’s Vote’ it supposedly formed to support.

It would be unfair to say that, because some media types obviously do crave a ‘party’ like this. That’s why they’re avoiding any scrutiny of the above.

Richard Branson in a war zoneRichard Branson launches Virgin Regime Change in Venezuela

by John Shafthauer

Following on from the success of… err… Virgin Rail, Richard Branson has set his sights on a new target. In a step up from destabilising the Northern mainline, the entrepreneur is now actively seeking to undermine an entire country.

Virgin Revolution

The nation of Venezuela finds itself torn between an elected yet divisive president and an unelected and probably much worse fringe character from the far right. For some reason, the rest of the world has decided this is its business. Which is odd, because you didn’t see the US recognising Katie Hopkins as the legitimate PM of Britain when the UN reported on our human rights abuses.

Still, it’s not like the West instigating regime change has gone badly in the past, right?

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With that in mind, Branson has decided to hold a concert. If all goes to plan, it will break down barriers, allow the US to steamroll into Venezuela, and possibly get a bunch of people killed. Branson said on the matter:

Yeah, music’s great, isn’t it? We just think all this can be solved with a big concert, and a little *COUGHS* intensive privatisation *COUGHS*.

Branson then showed off his plan to use Virgin Rockets to airdrop Virgin Sub-Machine Guns into the proposed Virgin Kill Zone. If this goes well, the proceeding Virgin Elections will confirm the new Virgin President of the United Corporations of Virginzuela.

Virgin Dystopia

It’s obviously horrendous that nations are – once again – trying to destabilise a foreign country and install a ‘friendly’ regime. It’s just fucking depressing that Richard Branson is doing the same thing while trying to look like a cool dude.

Independent Group MPs looking upwards. One asks "Is that a policy we can use?" Another answers: "No, that's a pigeon."The Independent Group is considering coming up with a policy

by John Shafthauer

In its bid to one day become a political party, the Independent Group (TIG) has begun preliminary talks about potentially discussing some policy proposals. As you’d imagine, these talks have not been going well.

Nowhere fast

A leaked audio recording revealed the following conversation. Although it’s unclear who said what, it doesn’t really matter, as no one had any more clue than anyone else:

“Right. So policy ideas, then.”

“Yeah… policy ideas.”

“Does anybody… have any…?”

“We could… oh no… that would be blasphemous, thinking about it.”

“What about foreign people?”

“What about them?”

“Well… we could… you know… have fewer of them?”

“Or more.”

“Yes, well that’s the thing, isn’t it? Some people like them, and others don’t.”

“I suppose the moderate thing to do is let them in but make sure things are quite bad for them here – that way everyone’s happy. I mean – not the foreign people themselves, obviously, but you can’t make a pizza without cracking a few eggs.”

“Umm… pizzas don’t have eggs in them.”

“They do in my house. Could that be a policy? Egg pizzas?”

“I don’t think so. I don’t think migration can be either, so it’s best to just make vague statements on the matter. But what about public services?”

At this point, a series of boos went around the room.

“Yes, yes – obviously we all hate public services, but the public they serve seem to like them. Is there a policy that would allow us to have our pizza and egg it?”

“I want to sell all our bridges to Richard Branson!”

“You what? How would we justify that?”

“We just say that our party leader loves the IRA unless he supports the position.”

“But I’m the leader now.”

“That’s your problem, not mine!”

The group argued for a good forty minutes at this point.

Not so merry-go-round

Eventually – after discussing every topic they could think of – the group decided on a policy that no one could disagree with. This is why TIG will henceforth be supporting the continuation of egg-free pizzas in the UK.

Unfortunately, Anna Soubry couldn’t get on board with this status-quo proposal. She’s now formed her own breakaway breakaway group to promote eggs on pizzas.

Jacob Rees-Mogg in the Bond rifle spiralJacob Rees-Mogg to play himself as next Bond villain

by John Shafthauer

It’s been announced that Jacob Rees-Mogg will be playing himself in the next James Bond movie. If nothing else, he seems like the logical fit, as they’re adapting The Man With the Silver Spoon.

Live and let die

The director Cary Fukunaga had this to say:

While being escapist fun, it’s also good when a Bond villain reflects what’s going on in the world. That’s why we’ve gone for a useless, privileged idiot with a plan that makes no sense.

The movie will feature Rees-Mogg trying to separate Britain from Earth using balloons – something he convinced the public into voting for, despite having no understanding of how it might work. Although Earth is admittedly terrible, Rees-Mogg’s plan doesn’t really solve that – it just pulls people into high orbit where they’ll suffocate.

In a first for the franchise, the film will have two female sidekicks alongside the villain. The first is Mary Poppins – Rees-Mogg’s actual nanny. The second is his parliamentary chum Jess Phillips.

“The problem with James Bond is that he never reaches out to the supervillains,” Phillips said.

Phillips also made a good point about Bond being sexist, as she’s often pretty good on that stuff. Despite this, it didn’t stop her being close with Rees-Mogg, whose previous evil schemes have disproportionately murdered women.

“If you can’t be friends with the people who perpetrate everything you’re supposedly against, who can you be friends with?” she asked.

You only vote twice

The latest flick will see Bond trying to secure a second vote against Rees-Mogg’s diabolical proposal. His main obstacle is other second vote proponents who label the people they need to win over as ‘fucking idiots who need to vote better next time’. Bond eventually overcomes this issue by running them over in his Aston Martin.

Featured and in-story images via YouTube / Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine – Wikimedia / TwitterChris McAndrew – Wikimedia / Joyce1235 – Wikimediapxhere /[email protected] – FlickrYouTubePetar Milosevic – Wikimedia / Chris McAndrew – Wikimedia  (images were altered)

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