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By Pete Moore On June 13th, 2019

For decades the tolerant leftists have banished conservatives and conservatism from the airwaves. They’ve demanded arrests for moderate outbreaks of patriotism. They’ve had decent people sacked from state jobs. Good people have been relentlessly abused, heckled, de-platformed, caricatured and – their latest wheeze – milkshaked. All for simply having an opinion outside of approved Left Wing thought.

But Plod is now investigating Jo Brand’s suggestion that Lord Farage be squirted with acid. Nothing will come of it (I hope). Complaints have been made so they have to go through the procedure, ticks a few boxes then drop it.

Nevertheless, “freedom of speech in comedy is extremely important” says Brand, who moralistic activism helped get decent comics kicked off the airwaves. Maybe this evening she’s reflecting on her own role in creating the atmosphere which ended up with her in it.


  1. The Gammons seem to be really triggered by Jo Brand

    @DVATW won’t shut up about it on twitter.

  2. From Brendan O’Neill at Spiked:

    “What a bunch of big babies the right can sometimes be. These people spend oodles of time mocking lefty snowflakes and touchy students for taking offence at every off-colour joke or un-PC point of view. And yet it turns out they’re just as susceptible as any moaning millennial to having a fit of the Victorian vapours when someone says something they find offensive.

    Exhibit A: the unhinged fury over Jo Brand’s joke about battery acid. Seriously, over the past 24 hours right-wingers have given the PC left a run for its money on the boo-hoo offence-taking front. You thought it was only purple-haired SJWs who try to get comedians sacked and even arrested for cracking dodgy jokes? Think again.

    Brand’s comedy-crime was to say the following about the recent spate of milkshake attacks on politicians: ‘Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?’ Boom-tish. Funny? I think so. I like Brand’s dry, deadpan wit, so to me it was funny to hear her jokingly propose something so wicked in her droll tones. Others will disagree. That’s subjective taste for you.

    But what we surely cannot disagree on — unless we’ve taken leave of our senses, which I think we have — is that Brand was joking. We know she was joking for the following reasons: 1) she tells jokes for a living; 2) she said it on a comedy talk show; 3) she confirmed that it was a joke. ‘I’m not going to do it’, she said, clearly remembering that we live in humourless times in which people are constantly pouncing on someone’s words as proof of their violent intent. ‘It’s purely a fantasy’, she clarified.”


  3. Peter


    Not true at all.

    There are the unhinged who can act on that, as they act on that, who will act on that.

    You think that every jerk who throws a milkshake thought up the idea on his own?

    That’s incitement, and is meant to be incitement, there is zero humor in it, end of.

  4. Phantom

    I commented against Jo Brand last night. But on reflection, it was clearly a joke on a comedy programme. A poor joke, but not an incitement to violence. I agree that throwing milkshakes should be prosecuted as assault. But we cannot restrict free speech on the basis that some nutter might get the wrong idea.

  5. I an sure she meant it as a joke, but maybe it’s me, but I cannot see the funny side of it especially no more than real victims of acid attacks do.

    I will leave it to the police to decide if their are grounds for prosecution. But I think it hightime the Left realise that you real what you so when it comes to this sort of thing.

  6. Jim Davidson:

    I am never coming to London again. Khan. You have fucked my home townup


    Davidson has guaranteed Sadiq Khan a heroic legacy among Londoners.

    Still, it’s all only humour innit the Nige?


  7. Peter

    Absolutely spot on mate.

    Wheather you find it funny or not, what Jo Brand said was a joke.

  8. If the comment was clearly in the context of a joke, then it was a joke – and I have stated elsewhere that I rather like Jo Brand’s dry comedy.
    I used to admire Hitler – then I found out that the holoco$t didn’t happen