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Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

It's been a pretty rubbish week, hasn't it! We accidentally broke Britain, we accidentally broke Europe, we accidentally broke the national - and possibly the international - economy. We also appear to have broken both the Government and the Opposition, meaning that the country is currently being run by Larry, the Prime Minister's cat. And as if that wasn't enough, we made Nigel Farage happy. Oh Britain. If there are any world leaders reading this: this is what happens when you ask ordinary people to make your extremely complex economic and political decisions for you, when all they have to inform them is the media. Anyway. Beneath the cut is a five minute video from an American comedy series, and trust me, you need it in your life right now. Sarcasm, with added Tennant and Capaldi.

Never have I missed Drop The Dead Donkey more.


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Jun. 28th, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
I've had a couple of leave voters trying to explain to me how they voted leave but not for racist reasons and it's like that's all very well, but you literally voted on something in a way you knew would make Nigel Farage happy, so you're a terrible person stop talking to me.

OH GOD DROP THE DEAD DONKEY WOULD BE INCREDIBLE. OH. I hadn't even thought about that.
Jun. 28th, 2016 08:25 pm (UTC)
I can imagine Henry spitting words out in a fury, getting more and more irate about Cameron and Johnson. They'd all expect Sally to have voted Leave, but she would have voted Remain; and then just when they're thinking she's got a brain after all, it would turn out that it's because she doesn't want to lose her cheap Polish house staff or something. And Gus would be pro-Leave, because his bosses tell him to be, and he'd be spouting fabulously ridiculous things to make it seem like it's a victory.

And Dave was probably running a sweepstake, and has now been bankrupted because of the result. And Joy is planning to march on Downing Street, possibly with weaponry.
Jun. 29th, 2016 04:15 am (UTC)
And Joy is planning to march on Downing Street, possibly with weaponry.

And possibly wind up PM, since there's a vacancy... :-)

In petty things that really weren't good anyway, I did enjoy reading the bit yesterday where all the MEPs started shouting at Nigel Farage, asking him the things we all want to, like why the hell are you even an MEP when you hate Europe? It was at least a bit cathartic, I have to say.

And then I saw a photo of racist people standing in the centre of Newcastle with anti-immigration banners. In Newcastle, which was the only place in this entire region to manage a Remain vote! I love Newcastle. :-( No, absolutely none of it was about racism! It is a strange and entirely baffling thing that Nationalist groups have taken the victory to heart so much! Did they not vote because of all the Terribly Good Reasons the Very Nice Leave Voters were voting for? Didn't all Leave voters think those things? Why are Remain people being such bad losers as to suggest such a thing? /o\ (I'm sorry! But if I see one more Terribly Nice (TM) person wondering why on earth anyone could possibly think that racism might have had anything to do with Leave voting, I may have to start punching people on the nose. And that won't help anyone, certainly not me.)

David Tennant reading out insulting Tweets was fairly entertaining, though, at least. As was the breakfast TV person who wasn't prepared to take crap from Nigel Farage.
Jun. 29th, 2016 04:51 pm (UTC)
Joy would make a great PM. Sadly I think that makes her ineligible.

That's sad about Newcastle. It's been depressed since Thatcher though of course, and arguably before then. Those places always end up listening to people like Farage, and it's such a shame. I only wish I could make a similar excuse for the people around here. There's a lot of unemployment in rural areas, sure, but there's no immigrants, so why they want to drive them all out (back to Pakistan, that hithertofore unknown region of Europe) to stop all their dastardly job stealing, goodness knows. It's all so sodding depressing. Fortunately people keep coming up with good comedy - even if it is painful comedy at times! - so at least we can laugh at something.
Jun. 29th, 2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
Newcastle voted Remain, so I am not blaming Newcastle because some racist people came and hung out a banner, but it's always an extra punch in the gut isn't it, when you see things in a place you know really well? And indeed, have some commiserations on the irrational people who want immigrants out when they don't even have any. Not that it's better when they do, of course.

Yeah, but right now, who is there to stop Joy getting in and taking over? I think she can take Larry the Cat! ;-D

The world'll end and we'll still have a good laugh about it on HIGNFY, it's true. Better than crying, after all... (I am trying to be better about not looking, because the terrible thing about being stuck home is that that's all too easy to do. I went out on Monday, and did some family history yesterday and today. Although sadly I have no Scottish ancestors, so I just had to make do with still being Welsh and English, whatever our faults.)
Jun. 29th, 2016 05:09 pm (UTC)
I have Scottish ancestors. Lots of them! I'll lend you a few of mine. You'd like Jessie Henderson. She never married, and instead set off to explore the world. Sadly she died in 1959, so I never got to meet her. She made 91 though, which is good for the fifties. :)

That's a very good point about Joy. Fair enough! She's in. She'll certainly put Farage in his place in short order.
Jun. 29th, 2016 05:15 pm (UTC)
How do you feel about getting a bunch of Welsh people in return? They farm on top of a mountain and have dreadful lives like something out of Catherine Cookson only with more slate and rain everywhere? (Actually, you can't have any of my relatives, not really. Not even the awkward ones who hide from me.)

Jessie sounds amazing though! See, this is clearly where we went wrong - not being Scottish.

Nigel Farage was never seen again after a meeting with the new PM. Joy just stares at anyone who asks. I mean, why do they even want to know?

Also in good things, Douglas Wilmer and Nigel Stock are continuing to be very good. Yesterday I got a massively bewhiskered Patrick Troughton, too, although he was evil.
Jun. 29th, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
Massively bewhiskered like he was in AAL?

I would have no objection to tragic Welsh ancestors. Certainly easier to delve into than the Italian/Slovenian/Gypsy side of the family! Although the Welsh also insist on having their own language of course, which is similarly obstructive of them. *glare*
Jun. 30th, 2016 05:59 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, absolutely. With a dodgy Cornish accent to boot!

:loL: While I am sure that Gypsy/Traveller/Romany (delete as most applicable and currently preferred term) would be very hard to hunt down, ditto anything that puts you further away from the records, I don't feel very much like agreeing after returning yesterday to try and find a missing John and Ann Lewis, or remember which of six unconnected Thomas lines are which... Wales looks as easy as English genealogy, because in theory you have all the same records, but the intensity of repeated names and surnames is something that is forever being brought home to you.

The tragic lot had one family that put up with one child being drowned, another running off and having an illegitimate child whom she left with her parents while she married someone else and never came home again, another sbling who committed suicide, another one who lost her husband young and moved back home and the father had Parkinsons for at least a decade. In all the grey, slate, rainyness that is the area around Swansea. Still, knowing all the Welsh relatives of mine I've met, they were probably super-nice people who were as cheerful as possble about it!
Jun. 30th, 2016 05:35 pm (UTC)
Oh blimey! That's pretty rough. I guess every family has its tragedies - given the statistics, it's inescapable that they did, a generation or two back - but knowing that and finding out the individual details are very different. We got pretty lucky about when we were born, when you stop to think about it! Even if we did just accidentally trigger economageddon.
Jun. 30th, 2016 05:43 pm (UTC)
And I left out the other sibling who died of TB there... And, yeah. Some ancestors seem to have had it especially tough. Most of mine were labourers of one sort or another, so it's true of most of them - and, yes, something to put all this into perspective! :-)
Jul. 2nd, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC)
This is awesome. They should bring back DTDD just to cover this mess.
Jul. 2nd, 2016 08:19 pm (UTC)
Henry died a few months ago. :( But yes, we need something like DTDD right now. Newspaper cartoonists are doing some good work lately, but that's not anything like the same.

(Saw this one today. It's rather good: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/30/matt-cartoons-july-2016/matt-cartoon-july-2/).
Jul. 3rd, 2016 04:05 am (UTC)
:o( I had no idea Henry had gone. I must have missed that.

LOL at the cartoon!
Jun. 29th, 2016 12:33 pm (UTC)
And the "week" isn't over yet!

I think the rest of the world will stay the same and everyone in the UK will be eyeing Greece with envy in the years to come.

Also as the EU says we have to follow their laws to trade doesn't that defeat the point of Brexit and can we have a revote, please?
Jun. 29th, 2016 04:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, I love that. "We must leave Europe, so we can have more control!" To which Europe says: "Bye! But in order to access the Common Market, you must follow our rules. But, having left, you'll no longer have any say in them!" So we go from making the rules, to blindly following them. Yay for independence.

I'm trying to be charitable, as I know that one of my sisters voted Leave with the best of intentions, but goodness only knows what we must look like to the rest of the world right now...
Jun. 30th, 2016 12:43 pm (UTC)
A coop full of headless chickens!

Jun. 30th, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC)
Ha! Yes, you're not far wrong.
Jul. 4th, 2016 01:20 am (UTC)
Now I want to track down the show in which Peter Capaldi says "Don't ever call me fuckin' English again."

We in Japan are watching it all with enormous question marks hanging over our heads.
Jul. 4th, 2016 04:21 am (UTC)
It's the film "In The Loop", a spin-off of a British sitcom called "The Thick Of It".
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