Adam is disconsolate. Why? Well the BBC has now introduced a cumbersome ‘joke approval’ process. It seems unbelievable, but is apparently true. Indeed, some jokes have to be signed off by the Director-General. Mary Whitehouse would it appears be cock-a-hoop. In reality though this marks the nadir of free speech in many ways, as the current climate of people taking offence at the slightest imagining of a slur has clearly reached epidemic proportions in the UK. However, we see signs of it here as well. Not for nothing has Rowan Atkinson campaigned against proposed ‘hate’ speech laws as providing the framework for limiting freedom of speech and the ability to crack jokes.
The world is becoming a very sad and humourless place indeed.