Taking a break from the Brits in 1754 to check in on the Brits in 2010.
They're still at it...
More "No-Nonsense Gordon" posters here
If you're an ignorant Yank like me, you probably haven't been paying much attention to the upcoming British elections (May 6), which is a mistake.
They're funny. Intentionally; ...or not.
Have I missed it? Are US elections ever funny... on purpose?
(Nice thing about being an American, though: it's so easy to feel smart. All you have to do is know there is an upcoming election in Britian.)
Guardian article "Satire will be the real general election winner" (May 1, 2010) notes, "Comedically, this election has been ripe."
And goes on to say,
"Labour will not win outright, of course, unless Gordon Brown pulls something incredible, rather than his trademark inedible... – for example, ... Putin-style, whipping his shirt off and riding a horse around looking buff."
The reference is to Vladimir Putin Looking All Manly (left) in Siberia.
"Hard Man Gordon Brown" says:
"The Brown team has been buoyed by focus group results suggesting that an outbreak of physical fighting during the campaign, preferably involving bloodshed and broken limbs, could re-engage an electorate increasingly apathetic about politics.
They also hope they can exploit the so-called 'Putin effect', and are said to be exploring opportunities for Brown to be photographed killing a wild animal, though advisers have recommended that weather, and other considerations, mean Brown should not remove his shirt."
Personally, I am immune to Putin's putative charms, with or without his shirt.
And then there's Belgium.
From divine caroline's post on sexy politicians:
"[In 2007] Tania Derveaux, has stripped all clothes—and sense or propriety—from her bid for office. She is the NEE political party’s leading candidate for Senate, and launched an advertisement in which she posed naked and offered to create 400,000 new jobs (a parody making fun of other candidates’ outlandish promises)."
Oh, wait--we do have a politician who has posed in the buff--the governor of California.
Bianca Castafiore has put up a good post about the Fortieth Anniversary of Kent State. Nothing funny there.
May 4, 1970. I remember it. I was nine.