Religious Bill defeated
Strange and surprising as it may seem to people, I have been in two-minds about this Bill, as I feel that it doesn't help anyone at all. Secular comedians may complain about their threat of freedom to make jokes. I was concerned, as an evangelical Christian, about the freedoms to be actively critical of other beliefs.
Although, that said, I did hear Andy Reed (otherwise known as Kerron's boss) give a good defence of of the Bill, and if I had been an MP, and he was a Govt Whip, several conversations about it and concrete arguments to allay my fears might have done the trick.
But, either way, I am not too impressed by the fact that the Bill was defeated by one vote, and that the Prime Minister was absent.
That said, as a wit mentioned on the PooterGeek blog (courtesy of HolyhosesRob): "Dawkins breathes a sigh of relief too, what with the Special Branch camped outside his house for the past fortnight."
Now that would have been entertaining! Thing is though, if a lot of comedians worst Orwellian fears were true, you just know what the dialogue would have been.
INT. SEVERAL PLAINCLOTHES POLICEMEN AT HEATHROW AIRPORT. ENTER, COMEDIAN ERIC IDLE, CARRYING A TROLLY FULL OF LUGGAGE, LOOKING HARASSED AND JETLAGGED!
DETECTIVE ONE: Mr Eric Idle!
EI: I might be!
DETECTIVE TWO: Oh look John. We've got a comedian here.
DETECTIVE ONE: Eric Idle, we arrest you for making an offensive joke during one of the first pre-production meetings of 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' thirty years ago. You suggested the title be, "Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory". You don't....
EI (Interrupting): Look, it wasn't about Christ. It was about Brian, it..
DETECTIVE TWO: Who was a very naughty boy (laughter from the detectives)! Look mate, you're nicked. Still don't worry, always look on the bright side of life! (more laughter)
The serious question is though! Who's laughing now?