Friday, 17 July 2009

"Happy finish" Joe Ashton attacks Quentin Letts

Just heard the playground contest on R4's today programme - at the tail end of today's broadcast when the iBeeb version is put up - between "happy finish" Joe Ashton and the Mail's Quentin Letts. I carry no particular torch for Letts - he's neither the wittiest nor the most cutting of Parliamentary sketchwriters - but I do defend the right of the chap to carry on his trade.

Ashton claimed to defend wimmin such as Mrs Martin, Harriet Harman and Jacqui Smith. Letts commented that this was strange, given Ashton's massage parlour history (readers may recall Ashton was caught in a police raid on a Northampton Thai massage parlour, thus not only exploiting wimmin in Labour eyes, but exploiting exploited wimmin - something far worse). It then all became very puerile.

If MPs are looking to rebuild their reputation, excluding sketch writers from the Commons isn't the way to do it. It was largely their hubris and arrogance that got them into the mess in the first place, and humility and self-deprecation would now go a lot further than censoring those who find humour in pomposity.

4 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

Sketch writers wouldn't be employed if they didn't do a good job. Trying to boot them out is pathetic.

idle said...

I thought they were called "Happy Endings".

But perhaps I just go to the wrong establishments.

banned said...

I caught that interview 'live' on Radio 4, Ashton came over as completly bonkers, you could just tell that his concern for 'wimmin' ( ie Quentins remarks about Jacquis cleavage ) was entirley false.

kensington and chelsea said...

I think Letts was a little offensive there.