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.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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