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Leveson, The Musical.

Grind British society and pour Robery Jay over it.
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A single spotlight. An evergreen John Major steps out to perform “Boring” by the Pet Shop boys. A chorus of all the living British Prime Ministers who are in possession of a reasonable percentage of their marbles enter behind him and begin pirouetting across the stage.

Hugh Grant then arrives stage left (possibly with Devine Brown in the wings, and maybe even with Liz Hurley watching adoringly from the other side of the stage) and proceeds to admonish the press in such a pompous way that nobody is entirely sure whether he’s in character or not.

Heather Mills takes to the stage and earnestly performs a couple of Macca numbers, and then the audience is invited to boo and hiss, pantomime style, as the Machiavellian Murdoch and his not-so-trusty sidekick Murdoch junior appear.

This is an epic story of our time; a tale of salacious celebrity with a sinister undertone which questions the cornerstones of modern society, and asks whether the British public has been hoodwinked for the last thirty years.

It also includes Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell performing “War Criminal” to the tune of Jacko’s Smooth Criminal.

Fishrat, Jun 14 2012

You may not like Alastair Campbell for any number of perfectly valid reasons but you have to acknowledge that this is a masterful handling of a pompus shitbag. http://www.youtube....watch?v=1gkHwU4DRA8
handling is probably not the gerund I meant. Baiting? [calum, Jun 15 2012]

The official Leveson website http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/
[pertinax, Jun 16 2012]

The wikipedia version http://www.abc.net....2/06/15/3526105.htm
[pertinax, Jun 16 2012]

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       Will there be a movie, too ?   

       [+]   

       // the British public has been hoodwinked for the last thirty years. //   

       Sp. "the British public has been hoodwinked for the last thirty decades."   

       Will Peter Mandelson get to play Lord Voldemort (again) ?
8th of 7, Jun 14 2012
  

       Yes, but we have ointment to apply twice a day, and eventually the swelling will go down.
8th of 7, Jun 14 2012
  

       //British Prime Ministers who are in possession of a reasonable percentage of their marbles //   

       Was there, ever?
UnaBubba, Jun 15 2012
  

       Ha! Stanley Baldwin?.. just a hunch.   

       As a colonist, I don't get it.
As a Canadian colonist, I'm sorry I don't get it.
  

       I suspect they donated their marbles to a giant game of kerplunk. All we have to do is work out who was pulling at the straws.
Fishrat, Jun 15 2012
  

       I like the idea - can we have hecklers who leap from behind the curtain and berate Tony B'liar?
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jun 15 2012
  

       Leveson, shirley?
calum, Jun 15 2012
  

       "Alastair Campbell" also.
I feel the "Alas" is significant.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jun 15 2012
  

       //can we have hecklers who leap from behind the curtain and berate Tony B'liar?// - of course, although I imagine they'll turn up of their own accord. Ditto custard pies for Mr Murdoch.   

       //Leveson, shirley?// Hang on, [calum], did you think that this idea was somehow related to the ongoing quasi-judicial enquiry into standards and ethics in the British media? It would be quite wrong to parody that before he has made his findings public. Ah, blow it. If the cat's out of the bag, I may as well change the spelling. (Did anyone buy that?)
Fishrat, Jun 15 2012
  

       //custard pies for Mr Murdoch.//
Of course! I'd forgotten that incident! (though to be fair, that was a different hearing).
You're right - this show has got it all - custard pies, Oriental wrestling - just got to figure how to get a few rollerskaters in there, and it's a sure-fire winner.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jun 15 2012
  

       True fact: Alastair Campbell is some sort of cousin of mine, one of his grannies and one of my grannies being cousins.
calum, Jun 15 2012
  

       You looking for sympathy, [calum]?
TolpuddleSartre, Jun 15 2012
  

       At the halfbakery? Pffft!
calum, Jun 15 2012
  

       That just sounds like spin.
Fishrat, Jun 15 2012
  

       Yes, the whirring noise is [calum]'s granny spinning in her grave at what her descendant has got up to.   

       <Mark Twain>   

       "The truth is a very precious commodity - one should be economical with it.   

       </Mark Twain>
8th of 7, Jun 15 2012
  

       //As a colonist, I don't get it.//   

       For decades, Rupert Murdoch has been exercising, through his media holdings, a dominant influence over politics in Britain and, to a lesser extent, in the U.S. and Australia. He tried China too, but China pushed back.   

       Anyway, now that a number of his employees appear to have been committing criminal offenses in the course of their work, various worms are turning, and everyone who has been offended, inconvenienced or just irritated by the gentlemen of the Murdoch press is coming out of the woodwork to get back at the man and his henchpersons.   

       The main context in which they have been doing this is that of a public enquiry under a judge called Lord Leveson.   

       It may not make for justice, nor for prudent public policy, but it's a great spectacle - hence, I imagine, this idea [+].
pertinax, Jun 16 2012
  

       It's a 'good' spectacle… to be a truly 'great' spectacle it would need to happen in an amphitheatre, with gladiators and hungry wild animals and stuff.
8th of 7, Jun 16 2012
  
      
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