Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Middle Aged Comic Captures Zeitgeist

Harry Enfield is hardly the 'edgiest' comedian around. But there is something deeply symbolic about this sketch from his show last night. He was, after all, the man who brought us the Thatcherite plasterer 'LoadsofMoney' in the 1980s, the quintessential caricature of the 'get-rich-quick-devil-take-the hindmost-there-is-no-such-thing-as-society' vibe of the neo-liberal hegemony. & last night, as the Bush administration in Washington moved to part nationalise America's remaining banks, he did a sketch in which he, as Mandela, tips Thatcher over a cliff.

To the cheers of a adoring nation, no doubt.

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