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Discussion > Stewart Lee on killing climate deniers

I fear that without Stewart Lee himself making an appearance, the putdowns back from the English will be weak beer. (Having got to know the guy a bit more it's one of the things I think he does best, both to northerners and to Scots. But it's just possible that, having begun my move southwards from Birmingham, aged two, I'm biased in this regard too.)

Apr 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

Sandy S

I remember an old piece of doggeral which annoys EVERYONE.

The Welsh pray on the Sabbath, and on their neighbours.
The Scots keep the Sabbath, and anything else they can lay hands on.
The Irish don't know what to believe, but are willing to fight for it.
The English are self-made men, who worship their creator.

Apr 2, 2014 at 12:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterEntropic man

Lee did a piece on the Carphone Warehouse. It was available on Youtube but now has been cleansed. Anyway, if he's making climate jokes, probably running out of material.

Apr 2, 2014 at 2:36 AM | Registered Commentershub

Now, EM.

I'm offended.....

Who do I sue?

The variant I heard was that the definition of a Welshman is a man who prays devoutly on Sunday and preys on his neighbours for the rest of the week.....

Now I've just offended myself.....It's really easy this offence game isn't it?!!!

I've decided to sue myself...

Apr 3, 2014 at 10:11 PM | Unregistered Commenterjones

Richard Drake on Mar 9, 2014 at 2:35 AM
"Stewart Lee on BBC Two tonight was mainly a lengthy diatribe making fun of UKIP's Paul Nuttall and his comments about Bulgarian immigrants at the end of last year (with which I personally also didn't agree and which have so far turned out to be wrong as far as massive numbers are concerned)."

Net migration soars over 200,000 despite David Cameron's pledge
Official figures show a net flow of 212,000 migrants to Britain, up nearly 60,000 year-on-year, with a surge in arrivals from Romania and Bulgaria

"The surge was partly driven by a huge increase in the number of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens coming to Britain, which jumped 166 per cent from 9,000 to 24,000 year-on-year.
The Office for National Statistics said estimates for the 12 months to the end of September revealed a net flow of 212,000 migrants to Britain, compared with 154,000 the previous year.
It now seems highly unlikely that David Cameron, the Prime Minister, and Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will be able to meet the net migration pledge.
Commentators said it was "game over" for the election promise while Nigel Farage, the UK Independence party (Ukip) leader said the figures showed "just how out of control" the government was on immigration."

The problem is that there is NO control, yet Britain is expected to house, care and educate who ever arrives and is in need, no matter what language they speak or what diseases they have, like TB.

These are figures for 12 months to the end of September, so they do not include any data for this year, when the immigration rules were relaxed.

Apr 4, 2014 at 4:04 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Thanks Robert. I have an open mind on the immigration question, for the UK and elsewhere. Thomas Sowell makes some good points, for me, about the effect on culture when it's completely unchecked. All the same I think it's generally felt that the most scary predictions about a Romanian and Bulgarian influx this year were overblown. But, as with casual alarmism about climate, what's generally felt isn't always accurate. I'll be interested in this year's figures. This was obviously incidental to my main point here, which was in defence of the free speech rights of UKIP, and how a good-natured and reasonable debate was not going to be helped by a crude caricature of a UKIP man finally decapitated by a sea monster.

One thing that struck me about the Bob Ward - Richard Tol showdown on Channel 4 on Wednesday was how the scruffy dress of Tol was polar opposite to the caricatures from both Stewart Lee and the New York Times cartoonist of fat, suited and stupid 'climate deniers'. I know Anthony Watts and others felt that Tol didn't come across as well as he might have but this contrarian has as a result increasingly appreciated the scruffiness - combined with Tol's careful scholarship!

Apr 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake