On the vexing nature of political humour…

When it was still with us, I would only occasionally link to the excellent Portadown News. Someone, somewhere, from some fragile quarter would object and say it just wasn’t funny: even when it blatantly was. Well it’s gone, but not forgotten. It is amazing just how many non NI bloggers have it still on their list of favourite sites. The BBC online Magazine interviews Newt, and few other political satirists who walk the line between blowing up pomposity and just getting it wrong.

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  • joeCanuck

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  • Made Man

    There’s still some Norn Iron satire going out there:

    http://www.5wwwww5.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=42&mforum=theshankillmoan

    http://theslabber.co.uk/

    http://www.purederry.com/

    Does anyone know of any other sites for it?

  • joeCanuck

    Thank you for those links Made Man.
    Hilarious.

  • Rory

    Someone, somewhere, from some fragile quarter would object and say it just wasn’t funny: even when it blatantly was.

    Not really, Mick. The people from the less fragile quarters found Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks funny and latterly and, closer to home, the late Linda Smith and (still breathing ) Jeremy Hardy. Dara O’Briain could get there except that he needs acknowledgment so never will.

    The fragile souls go for Jasper Carrott and Victoria Wood and are fearful of Jo Brand. They also approve of Newton Emerson, (indeed would possibly approve of anyone called Newton just on general principle) and like things to be nice.

    In olden times they liked Terry and June and now mostly concern themselves with the fun of planning one’s own funeral.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    The problem with most political humor can be boiled down to what kids used to be told when they were playing in some non-PC possibly dangerous fashion…

    “It’s all good fun, until someone loses an eye.”

    Which, in this instance means it’s all fun and games until *YOUR* sacred cow gets gored, at which points all bets are off.

    A pity really… sacred cows make for the best hamburger.

  • Greenflag

    DC,

    ‘sacred cows make for the best hamburger. ‘

    Not according to 1,000,000,000 Indians on the sub continent they don’t 🙂

  • Alan

    “1,000,000,000 Indians on the sub continent”

    We should give Frankie’s £700 million to them and do some good.

  • Yours, etc

    Ah, PureDerry. Went away awhile ago, I’m afraid.

  • McGrath

    Not according to 1,000,000,000 Indians on the sub continent they don’t 🙂

    Actually only about 800,000,000 of them are into cows, to varying degrees.

    Talk about superstitious, especially from a dairy farmers point of view.

  • páid

    Portadown News. RIP. A satirical affair, contained vast amounts of truth on NI in a page of lies. made me laugh. Thanks Newt.

  • truthwillout

    “Which, in this instance means it’s all fun and games until *YOUR* sacred cow gets gored, at which points all bets are off.”

    Well, quite. The only reason the likes of Rory got pissed off with the PDN was that it goaded the Provos (as much as anyone else deserving) for their blatant hypocrisy, MOPERY and, oh yes, murderousness.
    RIP PDN. At least the author finally truly had the last laugh against those intellectual pygmies who tried to stymie him.

  • circles

    The PDN was quite brilliant and it was a sad day when the portydown presses ground to a halt (or whatever happens in the case of an internet faux newspaper site when it dies).
    But since then oul Newt has gone off the boil a little. Rather than pottering around, left to his own devices and knocking out class A satire, it seems turning into a “proper” commentator resulted in the emergency removal of his funny bone.
    Now the attempts at humour fall flat. He should have stuck to the underground, and refused to decommission his heavy artillery – now its just satire light with a unionist twist.

  • IN reader

    I reckon Newt’s Saturday Irish News column is much wittier than the Portadown News ever was, and much more ‘grown up’. It’s a good progression and one that’s far more likely to sustain a career.

  • Pure Derry is back up and running again – it is now monthly, Yours….