Bring it on, Mr. Hislop, bring it on

Who’ll be more clever on the day – the ordinary man and woman whom you’re insulting … or you clever clogs?

bring it on, hislop

You’re braver than me, that’s all I can say. I don’t fancy getting on the wrong side of the British public, for all our faults.

19 comments for “Bring it on, Mr. Hislop, bring it on

  1. October 27, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I watched HIGNFY on Friday and was shocked at some of the comments they are getting away with in the name of satire, we all know Hislop has a very good opinion of himself and is prone to overstep boundaries and he has a right to his opinion. But my god he is a pompous egotistical sod on occasion.

    • October 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Many say it lost whatever it had under Deayton. They need to get him back. Jo Brand is not too bad.

      • October 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm

        I find Jennifer Saunders quite good, and Jo Brand is always fun, he spectacles alone deserve a prize 🙂

  2. Ed P
    October 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    It’s still a (slightly) free country – if you don’t like it, don’t watch HIGNFY or read PE.

    PE takes no prisoners and have no taboos – many’s the time a letter appears saying, “Usually I find your jokes funny, but this time you’ve overstepped the mark.”

    • October 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Yes, problem with HIGNY is that all their targets are non-left and they don’t go near the left. Terribly biased programme.

      if you don’t like it, don’t watch

      Yes, agreed if HIGNFY is ITV or C4 – not an issue – private firm, their gaff. However, if it is on the Beeb, then it needs to represent all of us or don’t you think so?

      • Ed P
        October 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm

        I appreciate that the BBC is supposed to show balance, just not within each and every programme.

        Certainly Paul not-funny-Merton trots (pun) out leftist rubbish every time he opens his gob, but Ian Hislop does provide some balance from the other side of the coin.

        • October 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

          Thanks Ed, I was hoping you’d say that and I’m using your comment as the basis of tomorrow morning’s 6 a.m. post. 🙂

          Comparing UKIP to ‘turds’ in the current edition certainly shows Hislop’s evenhandedness.

        • October 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm

          I agree about the balance between them Ed but both are frightful.

    • Bunny
      October 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      The only issue I have with HIGNFY is that is has become what it used to mock, it is part of the establishment. The establishment holds the British public in contempt, unfortunately more than it used to, which for me is the problem.

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      • John
        October 27, 2014 at 9:15 pm

        Agree totally. Lazy, snobby, sneering rubbish which frankly stopped being funny about 10 years ago. They have turned into the very establishment they pretend to mock.

  3. Mudplugger
    October 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    The real problem is the current dearth of satire in the main media – after HIGNFY and the execrable Mock The Week (both BBC), there’s nothing. The C4 10 O’Clock Show was dire, and again incessantly left-biased. The old Bremner, Bird & Fortune had its moments, but again, painfully leftwards.

    At least Spitting Image kicked at them all, although with Thatcher in power for much of its time, that inevitably became a focus of imbalance.

    Private Eye has ploughed a lonely furrow for decades, consistent in its pursuit or anyone and everyone, despite some historic leftism in the Paul Foot days. Now seen as slow off the mark compared to the Interweb, but it’s still worth supporting for its ongoing quest to puncture political pomposity and under-the-counter wrong-doing. Someone’s got to do it.

    • October 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      But not if it is slanted one way. If it equally tackled ALL political figures and behaviour, no one would have an issue.

      But it doesn’t. It’s biased.

  4. October 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Could Private Eye’s failure to cover EU scandals and corruption be anything to do with Ian Hislop getting money from the BBC? The corporation does get some funding from Brussels, after all – and it comes at a price.

    His TV work schedule might dry up if PE took a more active interest in Brussels – rather than just the very occasional column inch.

  5. Judd
    October 27, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    HIGNFY, like Top Gear, is long past its sell by date, the bias is now quite unbearable and not in the least amusing, those us who consider ourselves British, (English or whatever call it what you will) have a well developed sense of humour, especially when we’re laughing at ourselves, the ludicrous nature of ourselves, but these two nasty little boys are no longer funny.

    It never recovered from the loss of Deaton.

    Compare with the genuine fun and warmth had by all in the days of Morecombe and Wise, sending up the likes of Des O’connor or Andrew Preview…who loved every second of his performance….no victims in genuine humour.

    • October 27, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      100% agree with you Judd

    • Rightwinggit
      October 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      ” Andrew Preview”

      Ah, I remember it well.

      “I’m playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.”

      • Judd
        October 29, 2014 at 8:49 pm

        Glenda Jackson…….”beauty like what i have got”

        • November 2, 2014 at 12:08 am

          I prefer reading Dan Hodges’s posts in The Telegraph to watching HIGNIFY any day.

          Hodges is Glenda Jackson’s son.

          I shall also be cancelling the Private Eye subscription before its renewal.

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