Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/972/26525

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 November 2017

Humour - Jonathan Pie: Off the Record

Left comic's take on politics will have you in tears

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie   (Click to enlarge)

Julian Moore-Cook, actor and comedian

Jonathan Pie is the fictitious journalist created by comedian Tom Walker. Here he and Pie cowriter Andrew Doyle give us a book as written by the unhinged TV reporter.

Pie takes us on a cathartic, anger-releasing journey, character assassinating ten "awful" public figures. Simon Cowell, Henry VIII and Donald Trump are just some of the people on Pie's chopping block.

But first up is Tony Blair. This chapter is extremely relieving for those of us on the left who saw Blair for what he was: the end of Labour. In fact, Pie says as much.

He hates Blair most of all not for the Iraq war, but for "destroying the Labour Party and all that it stood for... the equivalent of taking the Sistine Chapel and giving it the once-over with a Dulux roller."

It's enjoyable reading Pie attack politicians because he takes your anger and channels it into the kind of language you may use had you met any of these characters down the pub.

He says he never trusted Blair - "even when Diana died, he looked like a robot testing a new grief algorithm."

The book is funny. An added dimension is Pie's use of footnotes to insult the reader. It's all in good measure.

The footnote on the Third Reich reads "are you seriously telling me you need a footnote to explain the Third Reich... You're a fucking idiot." There is - and if you know the Pie videos you won't be surprised - lots of swearing on the way.

What Jonathan Pie does best is make basic left-wing political analysis entertaining. This would be a great book to give to someone who says they don't know much about politics. It gives you a left perspective on figures throughout history, and makes you laugh.

Pie invites disagreement and debate, which is refreshing as some leading figures on the left seem to want to shut it down.

He is most admirable because his analysis always seems to have the working class at its core. He doesn't offer many solutions - but never said he would.

The chapter discussing his vote in the EU referendum is particularly funny. It involves too much alcohol and Captain Kirk's ghostly visit to him in the polling booth. You'll have to read the book to see which way he voted.

Some of his comments are tenuous. The chapter on Simon Cowell's connection to Trump taking office I didn't buy, but it still made me laugh.

All in all, a worthwhile read. And the chapter ripping Margaret Thatcher will have you in tears.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 22 November 2017:


What we think

Budget: lying Hammond says no unemployed


Scottish Labour

What does the left victory in Scottish Labour mean?


International socialist news and analysis

Zimbabwe: Mugabe gone - but his regime remains in power

Australia: massive yes vote for marriage equality

Trump's tax attacks


Workplace news and analysis

Scotland: BiFab workers' occupation and march secures jobs and pay guarantee

Usdaw general secretary coronation

Leeds college workers protest poor pay rises

Virgin train workers vote for strike action over pay

Sheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends


Housing crisis

Posh estate agent's housing crisis solution: make your own sandwiches

Them & us

Councils' 1bn on commercial property


Socialist Party news and analysis

NHS cuts kill!

Gentrification on the terraces: fans say twenty's plenty

Carbon dioxide hits 800,000-year high: end profit-driven pollution


Socialist Students

Lively student demonstration for free education could have been much bigger

Socialism 2017 Socialist Students meet-up


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Nottingham 'Reclaim the Night' march highlights cuts

Southampton: Corbynista success but cuts continue


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Disability cuts outrage: my story

Left comic's take on politics will have you in tears

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 November 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Working class:

triangleUprising in Ecuador forces government climbdown

triangleTony Mulhearn 1939-2019: Courageous fighter for the working class and socialism

triangleBrexit theatrics continue

triangleCapitalist elite split - fight for a government in the interests of the working class

triangleAt 96 I'm more convinced of socialism than ever

Labour:

trianglePCS union - A reply on political strategy

triangleMass union mobilisation needed to counter anti-choice group

triangleCorbyn must stand firm against establishment and Labour right

triangleLabour and the fight for a shorter working week

Trump:

triangleTrump, impeachment and the need for an independent workers' party

triangleTrump gives green light to Turkey to attack Kurds

triangleEgypt: Street protests challenge Trump's favourite dictator

Tony Blair:

triangleFor a socialist alternative to the EU - mobilise to kick out the Tories!

triangleGovernment limps on... Corbyn and unions must call urgent, mass action

Labour Party:

triangleTony Mulhearn 1939-2019

Donald Trump:

triangleTens of thousands march

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

16/10/19

Trotskyism

Major new book out in November: In Defence of Trotskyism

16/10/19

David Cameron

The Cameron Tory legacy

16/10/19

Tony Mulhearn

Book: The Making of a Liverpool Militant by Tony Mulhearn

9/10/19

Review

Film review: Joker - Sympathising with a monster created by today's incendiary conditions

9/10/19

Sexual harassment

Book review: She Said - Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

2/10/19

Letters

The Socialist inbox

2/10/19

Socialist Party

Active and strong member of Socialist Party reaches 80

25/9/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

18/9/19

Letters

The Socialist inbox

18/9/19

Peterloo

Peterloo - fighting for democracy and a better life

11/9/19

Democracy

Capitalist 'democracy' v socialist democracy

4/9/19

Socialism

At 96 I'm more convinced of socialism than ever

4/9/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

28/8/19

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

28/8/19

Crime

Knife and gun crime a product of poverty and austerity

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999