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Friday, 12 October 2012

The day satire died the second time

Tom Lehrer declared in 1973 that satire had died when Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize. Now it's just staged a second death with the award to the EU of the same honour. 

NATO, capitalism and Pope John-Paul II are amongst the factors that truly earned the riches that the Nobel committee credits to the EU. Nor is the EU's lamentable failure in the former Yugoslavia remembered. And indeed within the not too distant future, war may return to Europe as a result of the EU's determination to create a Federal State.

Nobel peace prize? Not worth a pitcher of warm spit.


Elby the Beserk said...

The Third. The second time was when Obama was awarded the prize, for being coloured.

Barnacle Bill said...

Well at least we are not having to endure seeing President Blair accept the award on the EU's behalf.

I agree with Mr Beserk that Paddy O'Bama getting it was a urine extracting moment by the committee.

Elby the Beserk said...

Further satire - The Guardian has a poll on this; just over half of Guardian readers think the award is a good thing.

Exit stage left, shaking head...

Farenheit211 said...

I think that the lesson to be learned from this 'award' is that who wins the prize depends on what is popular amongst the lefty/pacifist community.

The Peace Prize although also awarded to individuals and entities that have done good, far too often it has gone to the wrong places under the influence of fashion and the peace prize has been cheapened greatly as a result.

FrankS said...

If timing is the essential skill in comedy, then those Nobel men are comedy geniuses

Nobel, noble, nobble. said...

Do not forget that this prize was founded by somebody who was guilt ridden over his development of explosives which did so much damage worldwide, but which nonetheless made him a fortune.

Hypocrisy personified.

Farenheit211 said...

15:44 said:
" founded by somebody who was guilt ridden over his development of explosives which did so much damage worldwide, "

I think that any humane person should allow someone to do an act of repentance, the Nobel Prize is such an act. The Science prizes are still sound but the peace prize like literature are, because of their subjective natures, liable to have brain farts related to fashionable ideologies.

Explosives are just tools, like a spanner, or a hammer, it is how they are used which is the moral question.

Bill Quango MP said...

Iran next year. Unless Syria pip them to the peace prize.

G. Tingey said...

Nobel, noble, etc

You cannot have a modern civilisation without explosives - for mining & construction.
Dynamite is & was useless for military purposes (too unstable)

What a load of cock is talked on this subject ....

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

The nominee information is kept secret by the prize committee for 50 years - I wonder if that's something Nobel himself specified - or did the politicos on the committee just make than one up?

The overt politicisation of the prize in recent years has attracted the adverse comment from members of the Nobel family.

Pitcher of warm spit? More like a late 70's punk rock stage full.

When's Bono going to get a gong?

Anonymous said...

The BBC World TV news today was led by 10 minutes of 2 Americans dribbling over how great it was that the EU had got this award. Clearly they had never heard of the role of NATO over the past 60 odd years, nor the fact that NATO had nothing to do with the EU.

Amazing that out of 200+ million people in America the BBC was utterly unable to find one person to put the negative side of the debate to give at least a semblance of objective reporting. Time this perverse organisation was sold off.

G. Tingey said...

Actually, it's even worse, much, much worse, than Raedwald suggests.
There have been very many trule noble Nobel Peace winners, & their hard work and dedication is demeaned by this farrago of fawning foolishness.

Here are a few, who really desrved it....the winners of:
... & going further back ...
1933 (the winner lived in the same village as my grandmother!)

So, it really is an utter shame on the committee, they have dragged a good name in the dirt, again.

{ Anon @ 02.31 - you expect to find a USSA citizen who knows ANYTHING AT ALL outside US politics?
Get real!
Not the beeb's fault..... )

DeeDee99 said...

Elby the Berserk

Not sure you should be putting 'Guardian readers' and 'think' in the same sentence.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the inventor of the internet and his chums in 2007.

Rush-is-Right said...

Maybe next year's award will go to The Guardian and its few remaining readers?

Weekend Yachtsman said...

The EU awards itself* a prize for things that include democracy?

What does the EU have to do with democracy?

Truly, this is beyond imaginable.

* The chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee is also a bigwig of the European Council - no conflict of interest there, oh no.