Isn’t it annoying when people take the name of pantomime in vain?
In a recent example, The Guardian Letters on Tuesday 3rd September included one from a former Member of Parliament, Mr Derek Wyatt.
Here’s what it said:
The real problem about parliamentary sittings (How to end the silly season, 2 September) is the timing of the autumn pantomimes – otherwise known as the party conference season. Now that general elections will always be in May, it makes sense to move the “season” to Easter. That way parliament could go through from September until Christmas, end votes after 6pm and enable MPs to have a half-decent family life.
Derek Wyatt (Ex-MP), London
This caused considerable consternation over the cornflakes. Accordingly we responded immediately:
Can we please nip this conflation of the terms ‘political’ and ‘pantomime’ (Letters: 3rd September) in the bud? One of these is a performance of ridiculous characters following nonsensical plots, displaying outrageous behaviour and generally making complete fools of themselves. The other is a vital and vibrant part of the theatrical education of the nation’s children.
However, they didn’t get the point and instead of publishing the letter they started a whole stream of daily silly puns about an Indian summer, linking the names of Native American tribes and weather conditions (which we would not stoop to repeat here: very much sub-panto humour). Apparently, the Guardian hasn’t heard that people stopped calling Native Americans ‘indians’ about twenty years ago!
Talk about pots and kettles!
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