Monday, May 02, 2005

May Day May Day

Down The Bush and Blair


By now everyone, except us, is pissed and the party continues even though it's well past closing time. For as happens a few times a year in Britain it's a bank holiday tomorrow, an antiquated and wonderful excuse to turn Sunday into Saturday and Monday into Sunday, even though it's actually May Day (the first) today.

A long weekend the whole country enjoys and all manner of things spring to mind. Dancing round a May Pole and watching Morris Dancers are to be avoided, particularly if hungover but even when the cricket's rained off the pub's open all day and everyone's on holiday.

Fortunately for us the concept of resting your labour force hasn't trickled down. Twenty four hours with the whole country on holiday here and there'd be a revolution. No one would know what to do.

However leading the reformation charge from the premier American cable platform HBO (where you can see joints and breasts out in the open) is the genius Bill Maher, a brilliant, courageous and totally hilarious satirist. On a side note when we meet him in the book with the woman in the red dress we only vaguely knew who he was.

His Friday night primetime show discusses political, social and environmental issues with an invited panel and is so brutally truthful we are sure there's a file on him somewhere marked classified. Even the prestigious and radical (for the US) company succumbed to outside pressure regarding content and axed the show.

Glad to say the loyal viewers protested and Bill's back although the carefully chosen issues on which he focuses the spotlight are always punctuated with clever quips re his "unmarked card" when it comes to dancing with the likes of Hannity and Colmes on their hometurf, Fox. They've been on Bill's show. Why won't they have him on theirs?

Despite his constant battle to crack the brainwashing proganda that constitutes the American network news media, he continues to serve up pee your pants humour and this weekend proved no exception. It is rare to see such prolific comedic talent combined with courage and decency. In Hollywood? No. If you live in the US and didn't see the show check out the schedule. Bill you are worth every penny of our cable subscription, cheaper and better for us than 15 pints of lager. Does anyone know if he's on in the UK? He should be.

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